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TAUL PRATT ME.MORIAL LIBRARY 
COHASSET MA 02025 




Cohasset 
Town Report 



1997 



Flagstaff on Town Common (Photo courtesy of Ron Moore) 

The original flagstaff was donated by the Crocker family in 1915 as a memorial to 
George C. Crocker. The wooden pole stood 100 feet tall. 

The original pole was replaced in the 1940's by another wooden pole 80 feet tall, also 
donated by the Crocker family. 

In 1997 the second pole was replaced by a fiberglass pole, also 80 feet tall, donated by 
the Pilgrim Co-operative Bank. 



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Weymouth, MA 



ANNUAL REPORT 
of the 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 
of the FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 

of the 

TOWN OF COHASSET 

Reports of the School Committee 

and the 

Report of Other Town Officers 




FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1997 



Town ofCohasset 

Incorporated 1770 
Population January 1997 - 7,873 



Tenth Congressional District 
Representative William D. Delahunt 



Norfolk and Plymouth Senatorial District 
Senator Robert L. Hedlund 



Third Plymouth Representational District 
Representative Mary Jeanette Murray, Cohasset 



Annual Town Meeting 
Last Saturday in March 



Election of Officers 
Within 35 days of the Annual Town Meeting 



In Memoriam 



John F. Hubbard - June 9, 1997 

Assistant Harbormaster 

Conservation Commission 

Liaison Representative for Wompatuck State Park 

Watershed Protection Area Committee 

Personnel Committee 

Recycling Committee 



Dorothy V. Graham - July 8, 1997 

Administrative Assistant to Board of Assessors 
Assistant Clerk to Board of Selectmen 



John H. Dean - July 18, 1997 

School Committee 
Personnel Committee 



Katherine M. McGrath - September 19, 1997 

Council on Aging 



ELECTED OFFICIALS — TOWN OF COHASSET 

SELECTMEN — 3 YEAR TERM TERM EXPIRES 

Merle S. Brown 1998 

Michael H. Sullivan 1998 

Roseanne M. McMorris 1999 

Nancy A. Roth 1999 

Diane C. Sullivan 2000 

MODERATOR — 3 YEAR TERM 

George L. Marlette, III 1999 

TOWN CLERK — 3 YEAR TERM 

Marion L. Douglas 1999 

TREASURER/COLLECTOR — 3 YEAR TERM 

Joseph D. Buckley 1999 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE — 3 YEAR TERM 

Maureen E. Jerz 1998 

Ralph Kidder 1998 

Richard Shea 1999 

Joseph R. McElroy 2000 

Kathleen A. Ofsthun 2000 

TRUSTEES PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY — 3 YEAR TERM 

June S. Hubbard 1998 

Sarah R. Pease 1998 

Barbara M. Power 1998 

Sheila S. Evans 1999 

Doris R. McNulty 1999 

Roger L.Lowe 1999 

Ann C. Bowdoin 2000 

Agnes McCann 2000 

Patience G. Towle 2000 

ASSESSORS — 3 YEAR TERM 

RossW. Rosano 1998 

James W. Lagrotteria 1 999 

Michael C. Patrolia 2000 

BOARD OF HEALTH — 3 YEAR TERM 

Thomas C.Cook 1998 

Kevin M.Ulmer 1999 

Alix P. White 2000 

COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY — 5 YEAR TERM 

Mary Grassie 1999 

Stephen F. Wigmore 2000 

JohnD. Muncey 2001 

Ralph Peroncello 2002 
Richard J. Silvia (appointed by Governor) term expires July 28, 1997 



PLANNING BOARD — 5 YEAR TERM 

Robert H. Sturdy 1998 

William J. Good 1999 

John F. O'Toole 2000 

Terry J. Atherton 2001 

Alfred S. Moore, Jr. 2002 

RECREATION COMMISSION — 5 YEAR TERM 

Richard Barrow 1998 

Shelanne S. Durkin 1999 

Stephen Endris 2000 

Thomas Wigmore 2001 

Lillian Murray Curley 2002 

David R. Marks 2002 

Mary K. Muncey 2002 

SEWER COMMISSIONERS — 3 YEAR TERM 

Henry A. Rattenbury 1 998 

Edward M. Guild 1999 

R. Gary Vanderweil, Jr. 2000 

WATER COMMISSIONERS — 3 YEAR TERM 

Robert E. Kassameyer 1998 

Richard D. Muncey 1999 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 2000 



TOWN OFFICERS APPOINTED BY SELECTMEN 

ADA COORDINATOR TERM EXPIRES 

Robert M.Egan 1996 

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR 

Gregory J. Doyon (resigned 1/28/97) 

TEMPORARY TOWN ADMINISTRATOR 

Edward G. McCann (appointed 1/27/97) 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

J. Michael Buckley, Jr. 1998 

ACTING TOWN MANAGER 

Edward G. McCann (appointed 6/30/97 -- resigned 8/1/97) 

TOWN MANAGER 

Mark W. Haddad (appointed 8/1/97) 

CHIEF OF POLICE 

Brian W. Noonan 1999 

SERGEANTS OF POLICE UNDER CIVIL SERVICE 

Robert W. Jackson 
David J. Pomarico 
John C. Conte 
David C. Cogill 

PATROLMEN UNDER CIVIL SERVICE 

Lawrence D. Ainslie 

Thomas 0. DaSilva 

Frederick H. Grassie 

Garrett A. Hunt 

Clifton B. Jones 

Paul J. Laugelle 

Gregory J. Lennon 

Lisa M. Matos 

Shellee L. Peters 

William P. Quigley 

John H. Small 

Christy J. Tarantino (Permanent Intermittent) 

Jeffrey R. Treanor 

Richard Yocum 

LOCKUP KEEPERS 

Brian W. Noonan 
Robert W. Jackson 

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER 

Kathleen M. McGuire (appointed 9/1/96) 1997 



D.P.W. SUPERINTENDENT 

Harold W. Litchfield 



(Appointed 4/1/96) 



1999 



DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 

Arthur H. Lehr, Jr. 



FIRE CfflEF 

Roger W. Lincoln 

HAZARDOUS WASTE COORDINATER 

Roger W. Lincoln 

FIRE DEPARTMENT UNDER CIVIL SERVICE 

James Lee Gurry 
James P. Runey 
Robert D. Silvia 
Mark H. Trask 
Paul T. Bilodeau 

John T. Boswell III (retired 4/1/97) 

James F. Curley 
Edward M. Corbo 
John J. Dockray 
Thomas P. Finegan 
James E. Fiori 
John M. Heman 
William T. Litchfield 
Francis X. Mahoney, Jr. 
Matthew B. Man- 
Philip A. Pratt 
Robert F. Protulis 
William J. Protulis 
Randall W. Rosano 
Edward J. Struzik 
Eric Wenzlow 

FOREST WARDEN 

Roger W. Lincoln 

BUILDING INSPECTOR/ZONING OFFICER 

Robert M. Egan 

PLUMBING AND GAS INSPECTOR 
(APPOINTED BY BUILDING INSPECTOR) 

William Higgins 

SUPERINTENDENT OF WIRES 

Stephen F. Wigmore 

TOWN COUNSEL 

Paul R. DeRensis 



1999 



Captain/EMT 
Captain 
Captain/EMT 
Captain 



refighter/EMT 

refighter/EMT 

refighter/EMT 

refighter 

refighter/EMT 

refighter/EMT 

refighter 

refighter EMT 

refighter 

refighter/EMT 

refighter/EMT 

refighter/EMT 

refighter/EMT 

refighter 

refighter 

refighter 

refighter/EMT 



1999 



1998 



1998 



1998 



SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

Paul L. Migliaccio 1998 

KEEPER OF TOWN CLOCK 

Noel A. Ripley 1998 

MEASURER OF WOOD AND BARK 

Lot E. Bates, Jr. 1998 

DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND BURIAL AGENT 

Noel A. Ripley 1998 

CONSTABLE 

Maria A. Plante 2000 

INSPECTOR OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS 

Robert M.Egan 1999 

Roger W. Lincoln 

FENCE VIEWERS 

Grace A. Donohue 1998 

KearinA. Dunn 1998 

HARBOR MASTER 

John H. Winters III 

ASSISTANT HARBOR MASTERS 

Clifford J. Dickson 1998 

David R. Marks, Jr . 1998 

Thomas W. Wigmore 1998 

Robert D. Baggs (Temp.) 1998 

Christy J. Tarantino, Jr. (Temp.) 1998 

Robert A. Johnson (Temp.) 1997 

SHELLFISH CONSTABLES 

Chfford J. Dickson 1999 

Rocco F. Laugelle, Deputy 1999 

John H. Winters III, Harbor Master, Deputy 
Robert D. Baggs, Temp. Asst. Harbor Master, Deputy 

TOWN ARCHIVIST 

David H. Wadsworth 1998 

CUSTODIAN OF TOWN HALL 

Pauline J. Litchfield (retired 9/1 6/96) 

Joseph E. Cochran (appointed 9/2/97) 

BOARD OF TREE, PARK AND CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 

Members of the Board of Selectmen 



TREE, PARK AND CEMETERY SUPERINTENDENT 

Peter G. Laugelle 1998 

CARETAKERS 

Herbert L. Marsh - Woodside, Beechwood, Perkins, and Cedar Street Cemeteries 



BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES 

AND REPRESENTATIVES 

APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

ADVISORY BOARD ON COUNTY EXPENDITURES 

Merle S.Brown 1997 

ARTS LOTTERY COUNCIL 

Nancy D. Connolly, Co-Chairman 1998 

Allison S. Moskow, Co-Chairman (term expired) 1997 

Susan DeMichele (term expired) 1997 

E. Sine Pounder (term expired) 1997 

Paula M.Kozol (term expired) 1997 

Harold E. Coughlin (term expired) 1997 

Michael R. Westcott 1999 

David T.Lehr 1999 

Shirley T. Tewksbury 1999 

Jane L. O'Brien 1998 

Florence A. Jerome 1 999 

Mary A. Foley 1999 

CABLE T. V. COUNCIL 

Robert D. Hillman (Citizen) 1999 

Thomas W. Wigmore (Recreation) 1997 

Marjorie A. Murphy * (School) 1998 

Elizabeth J. Maree (Citizen) 1997 

Patience G. Towle (Library) 1997 

CALL FIREFIGHTERS COMMITTEE 

Bruce W. Pratt 
Robert D. Silvia 

CEMETERY STUDY COMMITTEE 

Joseph L. Jerz 
James H. Gilman 
Julianna D. Hassan 
Joseph M. Curley 
Glenn A. Pratt 

CIVILIAN DISPATCH COMMITTEE 

Brian W. Noonan Police Chief 

Roger W. Lincoln Fire Chief 

Gregory J. Doyon Town Administrator (resigned 1/28/97) 



CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLIANCE OFFICER 

Gregory J. Doyon (resigned 1/28/97) 

Mark W. Haddad (appointed 8/1/97) 

COHASSET COMMON HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 



Donald J. Evans 
Marian C. Atkinson 
David Buick 
Gail Parks 
Mary Jane Larson 
Mary C. Hartshome 
Jacqueline B. Clark 
Karen L. Kirkendall 
Richard E. Horn 



(District resident) 
(District resident) 
(District resident) 
(Alternate - District resident) 
(District resident) 
(Historical Society) 
(licensed realtor) 
(licensed realtor) 
(Alternate) 



1996 
1998 
1997 
1997 
1997 
1998 
1997 
1997 
1997 



COMPUTER ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Gary R. Garber 

Mary E. McElroy 

Richard W. Swanborg, Jr. 

Guido J. Risi (ex-officio) 

J. Michael Buckley, Jr. (ex-officio) 

Cheryl A. Pooler (ex-officio) 



1998 
1998 
1998 



CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

Jeffrey C. Waal, Chairman 

Veneta P. Roebuck 

Thomas J. Callahan 

John Kent Bryant 

Edward S. Graham, Jr. 

Susan G. Cope, Vice Chairman 

James G. Dedes (resigned 2/3/97) 

Michael H. Dick 

Linda R. Wakeman (Associate) 

Joseph D. McGlinchey H (Associate) 

DISABILITIES, COMMISSION ON 

Michele A. Buckley, Chairman 



Joseph D. Buckley 
Helen C. Nothnagle 
Christopher Laugelle 
Linda M. Ingram 
Helen Greenblatt 
Frances F. Andrews 
Austin L. Aheam, Jr. 



(Elected Town Official) 



(term expired) 

(Council on Elder Affairs Rep.) 
(resigned 9/2/97) 



2000 
1998 
1999 
1999 
1998 
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2000 
1998 
1997 



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1999 
1998 
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DRUG AND ALCOHOL 

Margo E. Aikens, Chairman 
William Adams III 
Craig D. Muir 
Eleanor M. Waal 
Mary P. Mack 
Clark Chatterton 
David C. Cogill 
Margo E. Aikens 
Ronald P. Hammer, Jr. 
Susanne J. Thompson 
Lisa Hewitt Dick 
Rev. E. Clififord Cutler 
Nancy B. Hertig 
Jody Butman 
Jami H. Butman 
Anthony E. Bramblett 



COMMITTEE 



(resigned 3/31/97) 
(term expired) 
(term expired) 
(School Committee Rep.) 
(Police Dept. Rep.) 



(resigned 8/12/97) 



1999 
1999 
1997 
1997 
1997 
1997 
1996 
1999 
1999 
1999 
1998 
2000 
2000 
2000 



(Student rep.) 
(Student rep.) 



ELDER AFFAIRS, COUNCIL ON 

Anna A. Abbruzzese, Chairman 
Joseph D. Buckley, Vice Chairman 
Austin F. OToole, Treasurer (term expired) 
T. Gerard Keating 



Linda J. McCarthy 
Austin L. Aheam, Jr. 
John T. Wilson, Jr. 
John P. Conroy 
John W. Coe 
Sr. Barbara M. Reney 
Patricia F. Sargent 
Eugene K. Price 
Mary M. Goodwin 
Rev. Gary A. Ritts 
Mary H. Aheam 
Jane H. Hamilton 



(resigned 5/1/97) 
(resigned 9/2/97) 
(resigned 2/6/97) 
(resigned 5/1/97) 



1998 
1999 
1997 
1997 
1998 
1999 
1997 
1998 
1998 
2000 
1999 
1998 
1999 
2000 



(Representative) 

(Associate) 



FUEL TANK COMMITTEE (DISBANDED 6/23/97) 

Brian W. Noonan 

Roger W. Lincoln 

Michael H. Sullivan 

Peter G. Laugelle, Tree and Park Supt. (ex-officio) 

Harold W. Litchfield, D.PW. Supt. (ex-officio) 



GOVERNMENT ISLAND STUDY COMMITTEE 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury, Chairman 

Richard P. Barrow 

Robert M. Davenport 

Noel A. Ripley 

James R. Bonetti (term expired) 

Constance M. Afshar 

Peter G. Whitman 

John H. Winters III, Harbor Master 



1998 
1998 
1999 
2000 
1997 
2000 
2000 



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HAGERTY PROPERTY ACQUISITION COMMITTEE 

Alfred S. Moore, Jr., Chairman 
Hamilton T. Tewksbury 
Veneta P. Roebuck 
Richard R Barrow 
John Pfaffinann 
James Russell Bonetti 
Paul M. Sheerin, Jr. 
Paul L. Pattison 
John F. O'Brien 
Herbert L. Jason 
Robert V. Davenport 
Joseph F. Migliaccio 
Michael H. Sullivan 
Maxwell R. Pounder 

HARBOR COMMITTEE 

John F. Bertolami, Chairman (Independent) 2000 

Domenic M. Baccari (Sailing Club) 1999 

Lx)rren S. Gibbons (Commercial Fisherman) 2000 

Shelanne S. Durkin (Recreation Commission) 1999 

Scott A. T. Herzog (Commercial Fisherman) 1999 

Peter J. Wood (Citizen-at-Large) 1998 

Gail Parks (Citizen-at-Large) 2000 

John W. Brister (Yacht Club) 1 998 

John H. Winters III (Harbor Master - ex-officio) 

HEALTH INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Linda A. Shultz 

Susan Watrous 

Randall W. Rosano 

Boyd J. Livingston 

Sally A. Lincoln 

Richard B. Abbadessa, Jr. 

Raymond Levine 

Ernest J. Sullivan (Non-voting, retired) 

HISTORICAL COMMISSION 

Noel A. Ripley, Chairman 1 998 

David H. Wadsworth 2000 

Barbara L. Dillon (resigned 10/22/97) 1999 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury 1998 

Wigmore A. Pierson 1999 

Rebecca Bates-McArthur 2000 

Ellen M. Freda 2000 



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HOUSING PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE 

Chartis B. (Langmaid) Tebbetts, Chairman 

Rev. Gary A. Ritts 

Lois H. Weltman 

Edward T. Mulvey 

Robert K. Dennis 

Dorothea C. Bjorkgren 

Peter J. Logan 

C. Christopher Ford 

John C. Englander 

INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Samuel W. Wakeman, Chairman 
Robert C. Ernst, Jr. 
Robert J. Murphy 

INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Dairmuid O'Connell 
Robert M. Davenport 
Brian J. McKenney 

M.\SS. TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION TO REPRESENT 
THE TOWN OF COHASSET IN THE GREATER BOSTON REGION 

Louis F. Eaton, Jr. 

MEMORIAL OVERSEERS COMMITTEE 

Merle S. Brown (Selectman) 

Noel A. Ripley (Veterans' Agent) 

Domenic M. Baccari (VFW) 

Robert D. Silvia (Cohasset Military Memorial, Inc.) 

H. Edward Brennock, Jr. (American Legion) 

METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE 

Martha K. Gjesteby 

MILLIKEN FIELD CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 

Lawrence J. Mitchell 

Wayne Sawchuk 

Stephen C. Endris 

Laurence M. Mitchell 

Henry A. Rattenbury 

R. Gary Vanderweil 

Joel Antellini (ex-officio) 

R. Lawrence Shultz 

Ralph D. Kidder 

MOSQUITO CONTROL COMMITTEE 

Charles Gainor 

Alix R White 

Donna R French (resigned 1/28/97) 

Edwin H. Tebbetts 

Diane S. Hill 

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OSGOOD SCHOOL RE-USE COMMITTEE 

(established under Art. 21, ATM 1996) 

Joanne D. Adkins, Chairman (Neighborhood rep.) 

Patrick A. Plante (Council on Elder Affairs) 

Melissa J. Browne (Real estate rep. --resigned 2/15/97) 

John D. Muncey (Cohasset Housing Authority rep.) 

Richard J. Silvia (Citizen-at-large) 

John W. Childs III (Neighborhood rep.) 

Patricia A. Hart (Neighborhood rep.) 

T. Gerard Keating (Neightborhood rep.) 

C. Christopher Ford (Neighborhood rep.) 

Craig G. Bleicken (Associate) 

CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER 

Gregory J. Doyon (resigned 1/28/97) 

Mark W. Haddad (appointed 8/1/97) 

PRIVATE WAYS COMMITTEE 

Ross W. Rosano, Chairman (Board of Assessors) 

David H. Wadsworth (Citizen ~ resigned 10/22/97) 

Benjamin F. Curley, Jr. (Citizen) 

James B. Grinnell (Citizen) 

Robert H. Sturdy (Planning Board) 

Henry A. Rattenbury (Sewer Commission) 

Harold W. Litchfield (D.PW. Supt.) 

Gregory J. Doyon, Town Admr. (resigned 1/28/97) 

PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE BUILDING COMMITTEE (Disbanded 9/2/97) 

Terry J. Atherton 

John J. Riley 

Bruce A. Edmonds 

Benjamin S. Blake 

Harold W. Litchfield 

Peter G. Laugelle 

Carl A. Sestito 

Garry W. Gardner 

RECYCLING COMMITTEE 

Arthur L. Lehr, Jr., Chairman 

Merle S. Brown 

John F. Hubbard (deceased 1997) 

Alix P White 

David Bigley 

Luther S. Leighton 

Eunice L. Brownell 

Glen A. Tracy 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 

Melvin Waldfogel 

Peter G. Whittemore 

Mary Earon 



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REGISTRARS OF VOTERS 

Judith P. Volungis 1997 

Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk 

Margaret R. Charles 1998 

Dorothea Parmenter 1999 

SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE 

Laurence J. Mitchell (term expired) 1996 

David M. Kneeland 1999 

STRAITS POND COMMITTEE 

Harvey Kertzman 
Merle R. Graham 
J. Anson Whealler 

TOWN HISTORY COMMITTEE 

(established under Art. 25, STM 10/28/96) 

Wigmore A. Pierson, Chairman 

Lot E. Bates 

Rebecca M. Bates-McArthur 

David H. Wadsworth (resigned 1 2/9/97) 

Ellen M. Freda (resigned 3/10/97) 

Noel A. Ripley 

Mary M. Hochkeppel 

Ernest J. Grassey 

Virginia L. Najmi 

Henry A. Rattenbury 

Lucille McLoughlin 

Louis F. Eaton 

Julia H. Gleason 

James W. Hamilton 

Clark Chatterton 

Robert M. Davenport 

Louis S. Harvey 

TRAFFIC STUDY COMMITTEE 

Heidi Salerno 
Michael P. Barry 
Franklin P. Liberty 

WATER RESOURCES PROTECTION COMMITTEE 

(established under Article 46, ATM 1994) 

John K. McNabb, Jr., Chairman (Water Commission rep.) ex-officio 

James C. Kinch 

Michael J. Beverley 

Mark B. Bell 

John R Rafferty (resigned 4/ 1 2/97) 

John K. Bryant (Conservation Commission rep.) ex-officio 

Thomas C. Cook (Board of Health rep.) ex-officio 

John K. McNabb, Jr. (Water Commission rep.) ex-officio 

John D. Chapman (Drainage Advisory Committee rep.) ex-officio 



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WOMPATUCK STATE PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES 

Donald B. Kennedy 
Laurence J. Mitchell 
John F. Hubbard, Liaison to GSA (deceased 1997) 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 

Mark G. DeGiacomo, Chairman 1999 

S. Woodworth Chittick, Associate 1998 

Barbara M. Power 1998 

J. Anson Whealler, Associate 1 999 

Donald L. DeMichele, Associate (term expired) 1997 

Benjamin H. Lacy, Associate 1999 



BOARDS, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS 

AND REPRESENTATIVES APPOINTED BY 

AUTHORITIES OTHER THAN BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Roger S. Whitley, Chairman 1 998 

Deborah S. Cook (term expired) 1997 

Kenneth I ngber (term expired) 1997 

Richard F. Flynn 1999 

Leland H. Jenkins 1999 

Daniel S. Evans 1997 

Charlene C. Hansen 1998 

Carol L. Martin 1998 

Richard J. Avery 1999 

Alexander C. Koines 2000 

Deborah A. Shadd 2000 

BYLAW COMMITTEE 

W. Roger Nast 1998 

Louis F. Eaton, Jr. 2000 

Jacqueline M. Dormitzer 1998 

Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk (ex-officio) 

Paul L. DeRensis, Town Counsel (ex-officio) 

CAPITAL BUDGET COMMITTEE 

Mark A. Baker, Chairman 1 997 

G. Robert Jackson 1997 

Samuel C. Pease 1998 

Stacey V. Weaver 2000 



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DESIGN REVIEW BOARD 

Gordon S. Hislop, Chairman 2000 

Eileen M. Corbett 1998 

Maxwell R. Pounder 1999 

Kathleen R. Fox 2000 

Robert C. Hunter 1999 

Josiah Stevenson 1 999 

Robert A. Stansell 1998 

Robert M. Egan, Building Inspector (ex-officio) 

DRAINAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 



Lyle E. Branagan 




1996 


Boyd J. Livingston 




1996 


John D. Chapman 




1996 


COMMII TEE TO SURVEY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS 




OF TOWN GOVERNMENT 






Lillian M. Curley, Chairman 




2000 


Diane D. Komet 




1996 


Anne R Swanborg 




2000 


William Lean, Jr. 




1997 


Paul M. Donovan 




1997 


Sam Postbrief (deceased) 




1999 


Richard B. Colbum 




1998 


Steven Kalus 




1999 


PERSONNEL COMMITTEE 






James F. Blackington, Chairman 




1998 


Denise Perez-Botts 




1999 


Raymond J. Kasperowicz 




1999 


Dean Rizzo 


(resigned 2/17/97) 


1999 


Michael L. Rosen 




1999 



REGIONAL REFUSE DISPOSAL PLANNING COMMITTEE 

(established under Art. 63, ATM 1991) 

Appointed by Moderator 

Alix P White 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 2000 



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SCHOOL FACILITIES COMMITTEE 

(established under Art. 42, ATM 1960. Appointed by the Moderator and 
Article 33 of ATM 1975.) 

Appointed by Moderator 

Robert G. Beggan, Chairman 2000 

James M. Sandell 1999 

Adrienne MacCarthy 1999 

Appointed by Selectmen 

David J. Chase 1999 

Patricia C. Chase 2000 

Mary M. Goodwin 1999 



Appointed by School Conmittee 

Robert Spofford 1997 

Robert Driscoll 1999 

Joanne Chittick 2000 

SIDEWALK STUDY COMMITTEE 

Appointed by Selectmen 
Peter H. Pearce, Chairman 

Appointed by D.P.W. Superintendent 
Peter G. Laugelle 
Mary L. Snow 

Appointed by Moderator 
Edward E. Fegreus, Jr. 

TITLE FIVE TRANSITION STUDY COMMITTEE 

Appointed by Board of Health 
Mark B. Bell, Chairman 
Chartis B. (Langmaid) Tebbetts 
David M. Kneeland 
Thomas C. McMahon 
Manuel E Salvador 
Edward J. Connolly 
J. Anson Whealler 
Kearin A. Dunn 
Robert J. Moody 



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GENERAL GOVERNMENT 



TOWN ARCHIVIST 

The Town's archive vaults in Town Hall continue to serve as the central repository for 
permanent public records from Town offices, boards and committees. During the year 
additional modem records were placed in the fireproof vaults as they became available, and 
record books were filed and listed as they were received. 

Town committees not currently storing their permanent records in the central reposi- 
tory are urged to transfer these records to the vaults at Town Hall, as state law requires. 

Respectfully submitted, 

David H. Wadsworth, 
Town Archivist 



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NORFOLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 

To the Citizens of Norfolk County: 

As Norfolk County Commissioners, we saw significant changes take place in county 
government within the Commonwealth in fiscal year 1997, including an attempt to abolish 
it altogether. Through prudent financial management in our county over the years and 
legislative awareness, motivated by the belief that the ability to communicate with and 
provide valuable services to our municipalities on the county level was a valuable com- 
modity to our citizens, Norfolk County survived. 

For some time we have realized the importance of supporting regional services through- 
out the county and in 1997 continued to provide grants to D.O.V.E. and R.& S.V.P., as well 
as grants to food pantries within the county. The budget also provided for grants to the 
Norfolk County Fire Chiefs Association for the equipping of a mass casualty incident ve- 
hicle. A grant to the South Shore Drug Task Force reinforced efforts to combat drug-related 
activities and crimes. The United Chamber of Commerce, which includes several Norfolk 
County towns, also received a grant to hire an economic development consultant. 

Our county engineering department rendered useful and necessary assistance to mu- 
nicipalities who would otherwise have to pay for such services. Wollaston Recreational 
Facility, housing Presidents Golf Course in North Quincy, gave golfers an affordable and 
quality course on which to enjoy the game, and also provided a camp for tennis enthusi- 
asts. The Registry of Deeds, as always, provided outstanding services through its state of 
the art computer system and proceeded with developing its digital imaging program, while 
Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital in Braintree continued to provide specialized care for 
patients. Everyone was saddened at the death of Norfolk County Sheriff Clifford H. Marshall. 
Our newly appointed Sheriff John H. Flood expanded the current programs and worked 
towards initiating new ones. Our Agricultural High School in Walpole received accredita- 
tion for another ten years and continued to show a steady increase in enrollment, while 
developing technical programs and involving students in community service work. All of 
the preceding statements demonstrate that county government works in Norfolk County. 

We wish to continue to be of service to the citizens of Norfolk County, and express our 
thanks to the advisory board, its coordinator, county and municipal officials, including our 
newly elected County Treasurer, Timothy P. Cahill, department heads, employees and in- 
terested citizens for their support, cooperation and assistance during the past fiscal year. 

Respectfully submitted. 



William P. O'Donnell, Chairman 

John M. Gillis 

Peter H. Collins 



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BOARD OF REGISTRARS 

The Board of Registrars reappointed Margaret Charles as the Chairwoman, Judith 
Volungis was reappointed for three years by the Board of Selectmen. 

The following elections and Town Meetings were held: 

Annual & Special Town Meeting, March 29, 1997 
Annual Town Election, May 3, 1997 
Special Town Meeting, October 27, 1997 

The Annual Listing of Persons seventeen years of age and older as per General Laws, 
Chapter 5 1 , Section 4, was conducted by mail during January. Voter registration may be 
done at the Town Hall during regular business hours. Also, registration forms are available 
from the Post Office, Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Registry of Motor Vehicles, and various 
state agencies. To register to vote you must be eighteen years of age on or before election 
day, bom in the United States or be a naturalized citizen. 

At this time, we have a total of 5,415 voters: 1,149 Democrats, 1,169 Republicans, 
3,076 Unenrolled, 5 Reform Party; and for political designations, 9 Interdependent 3rd 
Party, and 7 Libertarian. 

Respectfully submitted. 



Margaret Charles, Chairwoman 

Marion Douglas, Clerk 

Dorothea Parmenter 

Judith Volungis 



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BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

1997 began with the proposal to change Cohasset to a Town Manager form of govern- 
ment. An article was prepared for Town Meeting and a debate ensued. Town Meeting 
adopted the proposal, and in August Mark W. Haddad was employed as the first Town 
Manager. Overall, the Town is pleased with the change, although we are still in transition. 
Managing the changes in the budget process has been time consuming; however, the end 
result seems to be very positive. 

Throughout the year there continued to be a long standing debate relating to the pro- 
posed Lobster Lab on the Hagerty Property. At the March Town Meeting an article was 
presented to lease the property for $1.00 to the proponents. The article prevailed with a 
vote of 241 to 118. During the year, the Lightkeepers Corp., which had participated as 
original sponsor, withdrew fi-om the project. The project was brought back to Town Meet- 
ing in the fall and again prevailed with a vote of 1 17 to 1 10. At year's end a request for 
proposals released and the debate continued. 

In February, the Sewer Commission presented at public meetings a $13.4 sewer ex- 
pansion program for North Cohasset and Central Cohasset. The project was approved at 
the March Town Meeting and at year's end bid requests were being prepared. 

Debate continued on the location of the new water tank. Articles were prepared for the 
fall Town Meeting; however, the articles came up late in the meeting, a quorum was not 
present, and the meeting was adjourned. The articles will be brought forward at the 1998 
Annual Town Meeting. 

During the summer of 1997, a contract for the new grammar school was awarded and 
construction began in September. 

Other interesting points of information are as follows: 

— Debate on the location of the train station resulted in a decision to locate the station on 

3A. 

— The Town received a $340,000 grant for the James Brook flood control program. 

— Diane Sullivan was elected to the Board of Selectmen in a campaign with Thomas 
Callahan, Wigmore Pierson, and Alexander Koines. 

— A citizen's group was established to explore the feasibility of a year-round swimming 
pool. 

— The harbor dredging project was again delayed-1998 looks promising. 

— The DPW moved into the new garage. 

— A proposal was submitted to convert the old DPW garage to a teen dance hall. 

— Turkey Hill open land space was officially opened. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Michael H. Sullivan, Chairman 

Roseanne M. McMorris, Vice Chairman 

Merle S. Brown 

Nancy A. Roth 

Diane C. Sullivan 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN CLERK 

As 1 997 comes to a close it continues to be my pleasure to serve as Town Clerk and to 
submit my sixth annual report. This is the first year that we have exclusively used the 
statewide computerized voter registration information system (VRIS). We have devoted 
many hours of hard work to initiate this new system. Because the program is continually 
being refined and updated, your understanding during this process is greatly appreciated. 

At the fall clerk's conference, we had a presentation by the Town Clerk of Westborough. 
She was one of over 220 Americans who traveled to Bosnia as part of a committee to 
oversee the country's elections. She told of how remarkable the people were to survive on 
water supplied only six hours a day, 80% unemployment, and are without a banking system. 
She was amazed at the tremendous voter turnout for their September election, despite the 
tanks that surrounded the hotel while the ballots were being tallied. Since her trip, two other 
Massachusetts' clerks have followed to participate in the November election. This chal- 
lenges me to reflect on the many things we take for granted here in the United States and to 
commend my fellow clerks. 

On October 8,1997, Secretary Galvin revoked approval of Votomatic 235 punch cards. 
Accordingly, effective September 15, 1998, the date of the State Primary, Votomatic punch 
cards must not be used in the Commonwealth. As a result, we will be using the Accu-Vote 
system for future elections. 

With regret, in July I accepted the resignation of Ms. Deborah Protulis from the posi- 
tion of Clerk/Typist. In September, Ms. Carol St. Pierre filled the position and is doing an 
excellent job. 

The Town Clerk's office would like to extend our appreciation to the citizens of Cohasset, 
town officials, departments, boards, committees, and election workers for their assistance 
and support this past year. I would like to offer a special note of recognition to my dedicated 
staff. 

Sincerely, 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



23 



MARCH 29, 1997 
INDEX FOR ANNUAL & SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

ARTICLE NO. DESCRIPTION OF ARTICLE 

1. Act on reports. Adopted. 

2. Hear report of Committees. Adopted. 

3. Fix salaries & compensation. Adopted 

4. Amend Personnel Classification Bylaw Schedule. Adopted. 

5. Set salaries of Town Officials. Adopted. 

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

1 . Revaluation of real & personal property. Adopted. 

2. Lease Cohasset Colonial's to establish a Lab for marine biology. 
Adopted. 

3. Indefinitely postpone to demolish structures on Hagerty Property 
Postponement adopted. 

Approve second amended final judgment between the Town & state. 
Adopted. 

4. Approve second ammended final judgement between the Town & state. 
Adopted. 

5. Appropriate $1 3,496,800 to implement the Central Cohasset Sewer 
Expansion Project. Adopted. 

6. Authorize the Board of Sewer Commissioners to enter an 
Intermunicipal Agreement with Hingham & Hull and to fund the 
agreement. Adopted. 

7. Amend article 1 of 3/39/96 A.T.M. to acquire by eminent domain 
otherwise permanent real estate easements to improve sewer pipes 
etc. Adopted. 

8. Appropriate $ 1 5,000 for special legal counsel expense to be expended 
by the Sewer Commission. Adopted. 

9. Appropriate $6,000 to install inserts into manholes. Adopted. 

10. Revise Sewer Rules & Regulations. Adopted. 

1 1 . Transfer $20,000 for the Sewer Commissioners to develop new Sewer 
Rules & Regulations. Adopted. 

12. Indefinitely postponing an on-site wastewater management plan. Post 
ponement adopted. 

1 3. Appropriate $3,000,000 to implement a subsidized plan for repair 
and/or replacement of on-site wastewater system. Approved. 

14. Accept Chapter 90, section 20A 1 12. Adopted. 

15. Water Commissioners authorized to lease antenna space. Approved 

16. Appropriate $767 to pay unpaid bills. Approved. 

17. Supplement current fiscal year 1997 appropriations ($47,413). 
Approved. 

1 8. Appropriate $1 5,000 to improve tidal gates at Straits Pond. Adopted. 

19. Amend current schedule of water rates. Approved. 

Saturday. April 5. 1997 

20. Appropriate $2, 1 30,500 to design & construct water storage tank. 
Adopted. 

21 . Indefinitely postpone painting a mural in the Town Hall 
auditorium. Postponement adopted. 

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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

6. Assume liability for work of Dept. Environmental Management. Adopted. 

7. Authorize the Town Treasurer to borrow money in anticipation of 
revenue. Adopted. 

8. Resurface certain streets in town. Adopted. 

9. Appropriate $ 1 00,00 for Water Commission to fund capital expenditures 
for the operation of the Water Dept. facility. Adopted. 

10. Appropriate $26,368 to purchase water main from Elm Ct. to Atlantic 
Ave. Adopted. 

11. Indefinitely postpone funding a public education & outreach project to 
residents of the watershed areas. Postponement adopted. 

12. Petition the General Court an act to provide for a town manager. Adopted. 

Article 31 advanced. 

31. To see if the Town will vote to place the following question on 

the ballot for the May 3, 1997 election. If rail service is restored do you 
favor the location in the village? Defeated. 

13. Appropriate $2,500 to prepare a study to investigate the benefits of 
taking by eminent domain the drinking water supply system provided to 
residents of No. Cohasset. Adopted. 

14. Indefinitely postpone freezing the rates for RTF stickers. Postponement 
adopted. 

15. Amend general bylaws by changing the method of payment for the 
Recycling Transfer Facility. Defeated. 

16. Petition the General Court for a public hearing prior to closure of private 
landfill. Adopted. 

17. Amend Section 34 of Article VII of the general bylaws. Adopted. 

18. Amend Article 40 of the March 25, 1995 ATM -- lighting of the town 
common. Adopted. 

19. Recall of elected officials. Defeated. 

20. Amend zoning bylaw new Section 15. Redevelopment. Defeated. 

2 1 . Accept Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the Acts of 1 986. Adopted. 

22. Appropriate $25,000 to reconstruct Beechwood St. culvert over Bound 
Brook. Adopted. 

23. Accept a gift from Janet Best Lane of a parcel of land to the Conservation 
Commission. Adopted. 

24. Amend Article VII "Safety & Public Order new Section 3 1 . Adopted. 

25. Accept a real estate easement & sign post at intersection of Gammons & 
Jerusalem Rd. (Peter J. Albiani Square). Adopted. 

26. Amend Article II of General Bylaws by adding paragraph (n) (2/3 vote as 
declared by Moderator). Adopted. 

27. Selectmen establish rules & regulations for operation of fire alarms. 
Adopted. 

28. Authorize the Selectmen to petition the General Court to enact special 
legislation relative to the Wire Dept. Supt. Adopted. 

29. Selectmen authorized to appoint an individual as the town's Project 
Manager. Adopted. 

30. Indefinitely postpone to rescind Article 25 which implemented a bi-weekly 
pay system for town employees. Postponement adopted. 



25 



ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
MARCH 29. 1997 

At the Annual Town Meeting and the Special Town Meeting held on Saturday, March 
29, 1997 at the Cohasset High School Sullivan Gymnasium the following articles were 
contained in the warrant and acted upon as follows. 

Checkers previously appointed for entrance by the Selectmen and sworn in by the 
Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 9:30 A.M. were Jacquelyn McGuire, Deborah Protulis, 
Janice Rosano, Susan Kent, Kathleen Rhodes, Margaret Heman, and Debra Krupczak. Tell- 
ers were appointed by the Moderator, George L. Marlette, III. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M. and a quorum of 100 was 
present at that time. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting and 
Return of service having being examined by the Moderator and found to be in order. 

The registered voters checked in on the voting list totaled 490. The Rev. Gary Ritts 
from the Second Congregational Church gave the invocation. 

Members of Boy Scout Troop 28 and the Girl Scout Troop 4773 called the pledge 
of allegiance. 

ARTICLE \. To act upon the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the 
Annual Town Report for 1996. 

MOVED: That the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual 
Town Report for 1 996 be accepted. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 2. To hear the reports of any Committee heretofore chosen and act 
thereon. 

MOVED: That the reports of any Committee heretofore chosen be heard and ac- 
cepted and that the committee continue in office. 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 3. To see if the Town will vote to fix salaries and compensation of 
Elected Officers, and to see what sums the Town will vote to raise and appropriate from 
available funds or otherwise, for the payment of the salaries and compensation, expenses, 
equipment and outlays, capital and otherwise, of the several Town Departments, for the 
ensuing fiscal year. 



26 



APPENDIX A 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS, ARTICLE 3 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING. MARCH 29.1997 



Dept 


Appropriation 


Approp. 


Expended 


Approp. 


Requested 


Recomm. 


No. 


Account 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1997 


Fiscal 1998 


Fiscal 1998 


GENERAL GOVERNMENT 












114 


Moderator 














Personal Services 


1 


1 


1 


485 


485 




General Expenses 











1,200 





122 


Selectmen: 














Personal Services 


5,500 


5,000 


5,500 


5,500 


5,500 




General Expenses 


7,875 


7,543 


7,925 


8,625 


8,625 




Equipment Rental 


8,400 


8,265 


10,250 


9.900 


9,900 




Collective Bargaining 


10,000 


10,000 


5,000 


20,000 


20,000 




Midge Control 


2,000 


2,000 


5,000 


5,000 


5,000 


129 


Town Administrator: 














Personal Services 


56,482 


56,482 


56,482 


65,000 


60,000 




Town Hall Clerical 


276,815 


273,382 


294,165 


290,404 


290,404 




General Expenses 


1,635 


1,429 


1,635 


1,635 


1,635 


131 


Advisory Committee: 














General Expenses 


335 


315 


345 


345 


345 


133 


Reserve Fund: 














Reserve Fund 


100,000 


100,000 


100,000 


100,000 


100,000 


135 


Town Accountant'. 














Personal Services 


43,459 


43,458 


46,364 


49,345 


49,345 




General Expenses 


2,000 


1,767 


2,480 


1,980 


1.980 




Central Computer 


12,550 


12,550 


10,425 


10,425 


10,425 


141 


Assessors: 














Personal Services 


43,931 


43,931 


47,192 


49,296 


49,296 




General Expenses 


18,556 


17,059 


18,130 


16,800 


16,800 




Capital Outlay 








2,000 










Revaluation 


10,000 


10,000 


5,000 








145 


Treasurer-Collector 














Personal Services 


40,627 


39,352 


41,643 


41,643 


41,643 




General Expenses 


19,745 


19,745 


21,325 


21,325 


21,325 




Capital Outlay 


500 


500 


2,780 


500 


500 




Tax Liens/Foreclosures 


6,000 


5,448 


9,000 


9,000 


9,000 




Contract Services 


10,650 


8,841 


2,000 


8,000 


8,000 


151 


Legal: 














General Expenses 


1,733 


1,733 


1,733 


1,733 


1,733 




Town Counsel 


60,000 


60,000 


50,000 


50,000 


50,000 




Special Counsel 


125,000 


125,000 


85,000 


85,000 


85,000 


152 


Personnel Committee: 














General Expenses 


250 


100 


250 


250 


250 


161 


Town Clerk: 














Personal Services 


37.659 


37,659 


40,615 


40,819 


40,819 




General Expenses 


1,550 


1,550 


2,480 


3,375 


3,375 


162 


Elections & Town Meeting: 












Personal Services 


6,403 


6,403 


8,022 


3,623 


.3,623 




General Expenses 


8,015 


8,015 


10,300 


8,240 


8,240 



27 



Dept 


Appropriation 


Approp. 


Expended 


Approp. 


Requested 


Recomm. 


No. 


Account 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1997 


Fiscal 1998 


Fiscal 1998 


171 


Conservation Commission 


: 












Personal Services 


3,850 
















General Expenses 


2,253 


2,253 


2,253 


12,300 


12,300 


Contracted Services 


23,226 


23,226 


17,500 


17,500 


17,500 


175 


Planning Board: 














General Expenses 


1,830 


1,682 


1,830 


3,930 


3,930 




Engineering Services 


1,000 


315 


1,000 


1,000 


1.000 


176 


Zoning Board of Appeals: 














General Expenses 


3,310 


2,723 


3,310 


4,085 


4,085 


192 


Town Hall: 














Personal Services 


23,772 


23,772 


23,883 


12,150 


12,150 




General Expenses 


26,300 


24,900 


24,500 


29,500 


29,500 




Telephone Expense 


8,400 


8,201 


8,900 


9,900 


9,900 




Capital Outlay 


5,200 


4,020 


4,000 


8,000 


8,00 


194 


Town Buildings: 














General Expenses 


317 


600 


600 


600 




195 


Town Reports: 














General Expenses 


7,500 


7,500 


7,750 


7,750 


7,750 


197 


Parking Clerk: 














General Expenses 


1,800 


1,800 


2,000 


2,200 


2,200 


199 


Unclassified: 














General Expenses 


1,350 


485 


1,350 


2,350 


2,350 




Audit of Accounts 


8,100 


8,100 


9,800 


10,000 


10,000 




Water Purchase 











15,000 


15.000 




So. Shore Coalition 


2,000 


2,000 


2,000 


6,000 


6,000 



TOTAL GENERAL 

GOVERNMENT 1,038,162 1,018,822 1,003,718 1,051,713 1,045,513 



PUBLIC SAFETY 












210 


Police: 














Personal Services 


856.052 


845,190 


872,975 


901,349 


901,349 




General Expenses 


62,975 


61,812 


63,400 


64,125 


64,125 




Capital Outlay 


57,285 


57,280 


51,600 


51,756 


51,756 


212 


Central Dispatch: 














Personal Services 


100,900 


99,686 


118,120 


125,593 


125,593 




General Expenses 


8,000 


7,176 


9,500 


9,500 


9,500 




Capital Outlay 

















220 


Fire: 














Personal Services 


996,918 


994,361 


1,006,863 


999,344 


999,344 




General Expenses 


54,074 


51,484 


54,975 


56,575 


56,575 




Capital Outlay 


40,700 


37,664 


7,500 


18,450 


12,450 




Fire & Police 














Headquarters 


18,350 


18,349 


18,665 


18,665 


18,665 




Hydrant Services 


109,155 


109,146 


117,849 


120,849 


120,849 


241 


Building Inspector: 














Personal Services 


43,043 


43,041 


44,284 


44,384 


44,384 




General Expenses 


3,005 


2,991 


3,161 


3,317 


3,317 



28 



Dept 


Appropriation 


Approp. 


Expended 


Approp. 


Requested 


Recomm. 


No. 


Account 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1997 


Fiscal 1998 


Fiscal 1998 


242 


Plumbing & Gas Inspect) 


or: 












General Expenses 


5,400 


4,650 


5,400 


5,400 


5,400 


244 


Weights & Measures: 














Personal Services 


750 


750 


750 


750 


750 




General Expenses 


275 


89 


275 


450 


450 




Capital Outlay 








625 








245 


Wire: 














Personal Services 


43,343 


43,341 


44,584 


46,984 


46,984 




General Expenses 


10,840 


10,840 


10,840 


7,940 


7,940 




Capital Outlay 


800 


800 





1,800 


1,800 


291 


Civil Defense: 














Personal Services 


250 


250 


300 


300 


300 


292 


Dog Officer: 














Personal Services 


9,795 


9,795 


10,040 


10,040 


10,040 




General Expenses 


2,440 


2,339 


2,965 


2,690 


2,690 


296 


Harbor: 














Personal Services 


39,024 


35,980 


38,986 


41,305 


41,305 




General Expenses 


7,350 


7,038 


7.350 


7,850 


7,850 


296 


Shellfish Constable: 














Personal Services 


500 


500 


500 


500 


500 




General Expenses 
TOTAL PUBLIC 


220 





220 


220 


220 
















SAFETY 2,471,444 


2,444,552 


2,491,727 2,540,136 


2,534,136 


SCHOOLS 












300 


Cohasset Public Schools: 














1 100 School Committee 


90,065 


57,239 


94,715 


107,900 


107,900 




1200 Superintendent's 














Office 


122,646 


125,407 


127,987 


139,613 


139,613 




1220 Business Office 


52,533 


53,494 


56,066 


67,086 


67,086 




1230 Student Services 


126,362 


111,190 


122,695 


122,050 


122,050 




2100 Supervision 


43,145 


40,284 


36,926 


47,326 


47,326 




2200 Principals 


404,761 


423,771 


438,791 


472,143 


472,143 




2300 Teaching 


4,027,597 


4,046,999 


4,154,906 


4,473,965 


4,473,965 




2400 Textbooks 


42,787 


36,412 


59,445 


70,815 


70,815 




2500 Library 


188,589 


184,737 


222,737 


242,196 


242,196 




2600 AudioA^isual 


59,855 


54,364 


33,608 


38,581 


38,581 




2700 Guidance 


228,018 


225,839 


260,671 


272,909 


272,909 




3200 Health 


58,788 


60,628 


61,058 


77,247 


77,247 




3310 Operation of 














Buses 


106,685 


113,207 


109.375 


112,146 


112,146 




3350 Maintenance of 














Buses 


25,000 


24,385 


26,000 


20,000 


20,000 




3370 Contracted Carriers 


21,575 


33,306 


31,695 


36,243 


36,243 




3510 Athletics 


119,874 


114,521 


158,184 


176,118 


176,118 




3520 Student Activities 


14,696 


12,495 


18,031 


18,503 


18,503 




41 10 Custodial 


329,053 


318,516 


331,600 


313,766 


313,766 



29 



Dept Appropriation 


Approp. 


Expended 


Approp. 


Requested 


Recomm. 


No. Account 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1997 


Fiscal 1998 


Fiscal 1998 


4120 Heat 


60,000 


65,983 


62,000 


67,000 


67,000 


4130 Utilities 


125,300 


130,370 


131,900 


125,400 


125,400 


4210 Maintenance/ 












Grounds 


10,000 


8,002 


14,000 


14,000 


14,000 


4220 Maintenance/ 












Buildings 


104,932 


86,328 


104,500 


95,300 


95,300 


4230 Equip/Maint/ 












Repair 


22,635 


25,355 


19,830 


25,560 


25,560 


5200 Fixed Expenditures 2,200 


18,704 


2,200 


2,500 


2,500 


7300 Acquisition/ 












Equipment 


95,813 


70,961 


122,792 


54,959 


54,959 


7400 Replacement/ 












Equipment 


28,051 


16,533 


35,501 


20,081 


20,081 


9300 Other Than 












Public 


343,800 


395,681 


351,934 


377,730 


377,730 


TOTAL LOCAL 












SCHOOLS 


6,854,760 


6,854,711 


7,189,147 


7,591,137 


7.591,137 


301 Vocational Assessment 


25,786 


25,786 


70,000 


74,634 


74,634 



TOTAL SCHOOLS 6,880,546 6,880,497 7,259,147 7,665,771 7,665,771 





HIGHWAY 












422 


Public Works: 














Personal Services 


366,693 


352,971 


379,681 


396,393 


395,393 




General Expenses 


118,617 


117,621 


112,395 


118,095 


118,095 




Capital Outlay 


4,900 


4.900 


10,795 


12,994 


12,994 




Veterans Graves 


1,475 


1,475 


1,475 


1,475 


1,475 




Trust Fund Transfer 


870 


870 


1,000 


1,000 


1,000 




Trash Hauling 














& Tipping 


238,568 


205,893 


239,328 


243,505 


243,505 




Hazardous Waste 














Collection 


5,000 


2,495 





8,000 


8,000 


423 


Snow Removal 


45,170 


177,942 


45,344 


45,523 


45,523 


424 


Street Lighting 














General Expenses 


52,000 


51,325 


52,000 


52,000 


52,000 



TOTAL HIGHWAYS 833,293 915,492 842,018 877,985 877,985 



HEALTH & SANITATION 
440 Sewer: 

General Expenses 163,230 159,203 167,264 171,424 171,424 

Penalty Reserve 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 

510 Board of Health: 

Personal Services 46,563 46,561 47,903 48,053 48,053 



30 



Dept Appropriation Approp. Expended Approp. Requested Recomm. 

No. Account Fiscal 1996 Fiscal 1996 Fiscal 1997 Fiscal 1998 Fiscal 1998 

General Expenses 15,379 11,667 15,379 12,581 10,581 

Engineering 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 30,000 

Lab Tests 20,372 30,372 30,000 



TOTAL HEALTH & 

SANITATION 270,172 252,431 295,918 307,430 300,058 



HUMAN SERVICES 
522 Social Service League 36,887 36,887 38,929 41,113 41,113 



541 Council on Aging: 





Personal Services 


44,796 


43,225 


52,929 


56,004 


56,004 




General Expenses 


7,725 


1,115 


8,150 


8,150 


8,150 




Senior Center 


4,084 


4,084 


4,484 


17,484 


17,484 




Handicap Van 


1,500 


1,500 


1,500 


1,500 


1,500 


543 


Veterans' Services: 














Personal Services 


1,600 


1,600 


1,600 


1,600 


1,600 




General Expenses 


5,200 


5,200 


5,200 


5,200 


5,200 


599 


Commission on Disabilities: 












General Expenses 
TOTAL HUMAN 


125 





100 


100 


100 
















SERVICES 


101,917 


100,221 


112,892 


131,151 


131,151 




CULTURE & RECREATION 










610 


Library: 














Personal Services 


214,025 


211,488 


220,125 


229,140 


229,140 




General Expenses 


53,229 


51,160 


56,791 


54,042 


54,042 




Capital Outlay 


4,400 





20,000 








630 


Recreation: 














Personal Services 


67,320 


66,809 


69,840 


72,160 


72,160 




General Expenses 


3,110 


3,110 


3,300 


3,300 


3,300 


690 


Common Historical District 












General Expenses 


200 





200 


200 


200 


691 


Historic Preservation 


^ "^ 












Personal Services 


500 


500 


500 


500 


500 




General Expenses 


100 


97 


200 


200 


200 


692 


Celebrations: 














General Expenses 


1,700 


1,700 


1,700 


1,700 


1,700 



TOTAL CULTURE 

&REC 344,584 334,864 372,656 361,242 361,242 



DEBT SERVICE 
710 Principal: 

General Expenses 389,800 389,666 532,800 616,250 616,250 



31 



Dept Appropriation Approp. Expended Approp. Requested Recomm. 

No. Account Fiscal 1996 Fiscal 1996 Fiscal 1997 Fiscal 1998 Fiscal 1998 

75 1 Long Term Interest: 

General Expenses 100,152 100,149 197,983 265,891 265,891 

752 Short Term Interest: 

General Expenses 83,000 74,829 83,000 225,000 225,000 





TOTAL DEBT 














SERVICE 


572,952 


564,644 


813,783 1 


.1 07,141 


1,107,141 




BENEFITS & INSURANCE 










911 


Pensions: 














Norfolk County 


537,280 


534,419 


568,977 


563,408 


563,408 




Non-Contributory 


3,320 


3,317 


3,320 


3,320 


3,320 


912 


Workers' Compensation 














General Expenses 


100,000 


63,752 


95,000 


105,000 


105,000 


913 


Unemployment 










5,000 




General Expenses 


5,000 


5,000 


5,000 


5,000 




914 


Health Insurance: 














General Expenses 


786,425 


745,696 


819,297 


858,601 


858,601 


915 


Life Insurance: 














General Expenses 


7,100 


4,840 


5,412 


5,100 


5,100 


916 


Medicare Tax 














General Expenses 


55,000 


54,999 


138,000 


75,000 


75,000 


945 


Property & Liability 














Insurance 














General Expenses 


141,000 


121,366 


134,000 


136,204 


136,204 



TOTAL BENEFITS 

i&INS 1,635,125 1,533,389 1,769,006 1,751,633 1,751,633 



Overlay: 












Reserve for Abatements 


225,000 


196,981 


190,000 


200,000 


200,000 


State Aid (Offsets) 












Racial Imbalance 


144,318 


142,677 


142,677 


147,156 


147,156 


School Lunch 


4,007 


3,734 


3,734 


3,991 


3,991 


Public Libraries 


7,514 


7,287 


7,287 


7,486 


7,486 


State Assessment: 












County Tax 


67,123 


64,278 


68,801 


70,521 


70,521 


Motor Vehicle Bills 


4,183 


1,130 


4,288 


4,395 


4,395 


Retired Teachers 












Insurance 


204,884 


209,103 


210,006 


215,256 


215,256 


Mosquito Control 


14,037 


13,590 


14,388 


14,748 


14,748 


Pollution Control 


2,290 


2,259 


2,347 


2,406 


2,406 


Metro Area Planning 


1,638 


1,638 


1,679 


1,721 


1,721 


MBTA 


156,910 


153,140 


160,833 


164,854 


164,854 


Charter School 


70,102 


24,910 


37,500 


38,438 


38,438 


TOTAL OTHER 












EXPENSE 


902,006 


820,727 


843,540 


870,972 


870,972 



32 



Dept Appropriation 


Approp. 


Expended 


Approp. 


Requested 


Recomm. 


No. Account 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1996 


Fiscal 1997 


Fiscal 1998 


Fiscal 1998 


450 Water Department 












General Expenses 


645,358 


599,311 


642,663 


596,504 


596.504 


Town Hall Services 











15,000 


15,000 


Payment to Town 


9,000 


9,000 


9,000 


18,000 


18,000 


Maturing 












Debt-Principal 


281,087 


218,200 


253,873 


345,750 


345,750 


Maturing Debt-Interest 274,246 


207,610 


273,885 


273,048 


273,048 


TOTAL WATER 


1,209,691 


1,034,121 


1,179,421 


1,248302 


1,248,302 


TOTAL 












OPERATING 












BUDGET 


16,259.892 15,899,760 16,983,826 17,913,476 17,893,904 


General Government 


1,038,162 


1,018,822 


1,003,718 


1,051,713 


1,045,513 


Public Safety 


2,471,444 


2,444,552 


2,491,727 


2,540,136 


2,534,136 


Education 


6,880,546 


6,880.497 


7,259,147 


7,665,771 


7,665,71 


Highways & Streets 


833,293 


915,492 


842,018 


877,985 


877,985 


Health & Sanitation 


270,172 


252,431 


295,918 


307,430 


300,058 


Human Services 


101,917 


100,221 


112,892 


131,151 


131,151 


Culture & Recreation 


344,584 


334,864 


372,656 


361,242 


361,242 


Debt Service 


572,952 


564,644 


813,783 


1,107,141 


1,107.141 


Benefits & Insurance 


1,635,125 


1,533,389 


1,769,006 


1,751,633 


1,751,633 


Other 


902,006 


820,727 


843,540 


870,972 


870,972 


Water Department 


1,209,691 


1,034,121 


1,179,421 


1,248,302 


1,248,302 


TOTAL 












OPERATING 












BUDGET 


16,259.892 15,899,760 16,983,826 17,913,476 17,893,904 



33 



APPENDIX B 

CAPITAL OUTLAY ALLOTMENTS 

Other than Schools 

NOTE: The term Capital Outlay covers an expenditure of $200.00 or more for 
equipment of $500.00 or more for the reconstruction or establishment of a physical better- 
ment, the useful life of which is expected to exceed two years. Separate line appropriations 
are shown for these items since they represent special and specific allotments and are in- 
tended to be expended solely for the purposes indicated. 

July 1, 1997— 
June 30, 1998 
Treasurer/Collector: 

Office Furniture 500.00 

Town Hall: 

Auditorium Drapes 8,000.00 

Police: 
Cruisers (2) 44,000.00 5 1 ,756.00 

Fire: 

Breathing Apparatus 1 ,500.00 

Duty Jackets 3,150.00 

Aerial Ladder Repairs 5,000.00 

Engine One Tires 1,800.00 

Medical Equipment 1,000.00 12,450.00 

Wire Department: 

Motor Vehicle Repairs 1 ,800.00 

Highway: 

Refurbish Truck 2,800.00 

Radio Line 3,325.00 

Office Furniture 2,000.00 

Leaf Vacuum 4,299.00 
Chain Saws (2) 570.00 1 2,994.00 

Totals $87,500.00 



34 



MOVED: That the sum of Seventeen Million, Eight Hundred Ninety Three Thousand 
Nine Hundred and Four Dollars ($17,893,904) be appropriated for the fiscal year 1998 
Annual Town Budget to be allotted as follows: The sum of Ninety Two Thousand One 
Hundred Eighty Dollars ($92,180) for salaries of elected Town officials consisting of the 
Town Clerk, $39,757 Clerk, Board of Registrars, $329.00; Moderator, $1.00; Treasurer/ 
Collector, $42,893; Selectmen, Chairman $1,500.00, Members (4) at $1000, $4,000.00, 
Board of Assessors, Chairman $1,300.00, Members (2) at $1,200, $2,400.00; and the re- 
maining sum of Seventeen Million, Eight Hundred and One Thousand, Seven Twenty Four 
Dollars ($17,801,724) for Personnel Services, Expenses and Capital Outlays, Interest on 
Maturing Debt and other charges for various departments as recommended for the purposes 
shown in Appendix A and Appendix B of the Warrant for the 1 997 Annual Town Meeting, a 
copy of which Appendixes are filed herewith, and to meet the appropriation, the following 
transfers are made: 

• $ 1 ,266,302 from Water Revenue 

• $66,300 from Trust Funds (consisting of $60,000 from Pension Reserve; $4800 
Woodside Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, $350 from the Beechwood Cem- 
etery Perpetual Care Fund, $150 from the Cedar Street Cemetery Perpetual 
Care Fund, $700 from the Wheelwright Park Trust, $230 from the H. W. Wadleigh 
Trust, $40 from the Billings Park Trust, and $30.00 from the Billings Pratt Park 
Trust); 

• $170,000 from Surplus Revenue, 

• and the remaining balance of $16,391,301 raised from taxation and other 
general revenues of the Town. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



35 



ARTICLE 4. To hear and act upon the report and recommendations of the Personnel Com- 
mittee, and to see if the Town will vote to amend its Personnel Classification Bylaw Sched- 
ule by adopting or amending it as heretofore adopted and to raise and appropriate a sum of 
money necessary to pay the increases in compensation according to any amendments to the 
Personnel Classification Bylaw Schedule for the ensuing fiscal year. 

SALARY & RATE SCHEDULES - FISCAL 1998 

3% 



PAY GRADE 


Min 


1st 


2nd 


3rd 


4th 


5th 


6th 


A 


Hourly 


7.44 


7.86 


8.31 


8.76 


9.21 


9.65 


10.11 




35 Hrs. 


260.29 


275.19 


290.87 


306.55 


322.23 


337.91 


353.98 




40 Hrs. 


297.48 


314.50 


332.42 


350.34 


368.26 


386.18 


404.55 


B 


Hourly 


8.02 


8.49 


8.98 


9.46 


9.96 


10.40 


10.90 




35 Hrs. 


280.68 


297.14 


314.39 


331.25 


348.49 


364.17 


381.42 




40 Hrs. 


320.77 


339.59 


359.30 


378.57 


398.28 


416.20 


435.91 


C 


Hourly 


8.66 


9.20 


9.69 


10.20 


10.71 


11.24 


11.79 




35 Hrs. 


303.02 


321.84 


339.09 


357.12 


374.76 


393.57 


412.78 




40 Hrs. 


346.31 


367.81 


387.53 


408.13 


428.30 


449.80 


471.75 


D 


Hourly 


9.36 


9.91 


10.49 


11.03 


11.60 


12.17 


12.73 




35 Hm. 


327.72 


346.93 


367.31 


386.13 


406.12 


426.11 


445.71 




40 Hrs. 


374.53 


396.49 


419.78 


441.29 


464.14 


486.98 


509.38 


E 


Hourly 


10.11 


10.70 


11.32 


11.91 


12.52 


13.14 


13.75 




35 Hrs. 


353.98 


374.37 


396.32 


416.70 


438.26 


459.82 


481.38 




40 Hrs. 


404.55 


427.85 


452.93 


476.23 


500.87 


525.51 


550.15 


F 


Hourly 


10.91 


11.55 


12.22 


12.86 


13.49 


14.18 


14.84 




35 Hrs. 


381.81 


404.16 


427.68 


450.02 


471.98 


496.28 


519.41 




40 Hrs. 


436.36 


461.89 


488.77 


514.31 


539.40 


567.18 


593.61 


G 


Hourly 


11.78 


12.49 


13.17 


13.90 


14.61 


15.31 


15.99 




35 Hrs. 


412.39 


437.09 


461.00 


486.48 


511.18 


535.87 


559.79 




40 Hrs. 


471.30 


499.53 


526.86 


555.98 


584.20 


612.43 


639.75 


H 


Hourly 


12.71 


13.47 


14.24 


15.01 


15.79 


16.53 


17.29 




35 Hrs. 


444.93 


471.58 


498.24 


525.29 


552.73 


578.60 


605.26 




40 Hrs. 


508.49 


538.95 


569.42 


600.33 


631.69 


661.26 


691.72 


I 


Hourly 


13.72 


14.56 


15.37 


16.21 


17.02 


17.85 


18.68 




35 Hrs. 


480.21 


509.61 


537.83 


567.23 


595.85 


624.86 


653.87 




40 Hrs. 


548.81 


582.41 


614.67 


648.27 


680.97 


714.12 


747.28 


J 


Hourly 


14.83 


15.71 


16.59 


17.48 


18.36 


19.30 


20.19 




35 Hrs. 


519.02 


549.99 


580.56 


611.92 


642.50 


675.43 


706.79 




40 Hrs. 


593.16 


628.55 


663.50 


699.34 


734.28 


771.92 


807.76 


K 


Hourly 


16.01 


16.98 


17.92 


18.92 


19.86 


20.82 


21.80 




35 Hrs. 


560.18 


594.28 


627.21 


662.10 


695.03 


728.74 


762.84 




40 Hrs. 


640.20 


679.18 


716.81 


756.68 


794.32 


832.85 


871.82 


L 


Hourly 


17.30 


18.35 


19.40 


20.44 


21.48 


22.51 


23.53 




35 Hrs. 


605.65 


642.11 


678.96 


715.41 


751.87 


787.93 


823.60 




40 Hrs. 


692.17 


733.84 


775.95 


817.61 


859.28 


900.50 


941.26 


M 


Hourly 


18.68 


19.82 


20.91 


22.04 


23.17 


24.30 


25.44 




35 Hrs. 


653.87 


693.85 


731.88 


771.47 


811.06 


850.65 


890.25 




40 Hrs. 


747.28 


792.97 


836.43 


881.68 


926.93 


972.18 


1,017.42 



36 



N Hourly 20.17 


21.38 


22.59 


23.81 


25.00 


26.23 


27.45 


35 Hrs. 706.00 


748.34 


790.68 


833.41 


874.96 


918.08 


960.81 


40 Hrs. 806.86 


855.25 


903.63 


95Z46 


999.95 


1,049.23 


1,098.06 


Hourly 21.80 


23.11 


24.41 


25.74 


27.06 


28.36 


29.66 


35 Hrs. 762.84 


808.71 


854.18 


900.83 


947.09 


992.56 


1,038.03 


40 Hrs. 871.82 


924.24 


976.21 1,029.52 


1,082.39 


1,134.36 


1,186.32 


SALARY & RAl E SCHEDULES - FISCAL 1998 




Schedule 1 - Regular Employees 
















Pay 


Positions 






Department 




Group 


Authorized Sciiedule 


Hours 


Assessors, Board of 














Assistant Assessor/ Appra 


iser 


L 






1 


40 


Administrative Assistant 




F 






7 


35 


Clerk 




B 






7 


25 


Building Department 














Building Inspector/Zoning Officer 


K 






1 


40 


Clerk 




D 






7 


21 


Civilian Dispatch 














Communications Supervisor 


F 






1 


40 


Communication Officer 




E 






1 


40 


Communication Officer 




E 






1 


16 


Conservation Commission 














Agent 




J 






1 


20 


Secretary 




E 






7 


22 


Elder Affairs 














Director 




J 






1 


40 


Client Advocacy Worker 




D 






1 


24 


Elections 














Clerk 




B 






7 


20 


Fire Depailment 














Chief 




Contract 










Captain 




FS-11 






5 


42 


Firefighter - EMT 




FS-10 




10 


5 


42 


Firefighter - Mechanic 




FS-10 






5 


42 


Private 




FS-9 






5 


42 


Ambulance Billing Administrator 


E 






7 


20 


Harbor Department 














Harbormaster 




I 






1 


40 


Health, Board of 














Health Agent 




L 






1 


40 


Administrative Secretary 




F 






7 


35 


Library 














Chief Librarian 




M 






1 


40 


Staff Librarian 




I 






6 


35 


Staff Librarian 




I 






6 


31 


Library Assistant 




G 






6 


33 


Senior Clerk 




D 




2 


6 


35 


Custodian 




D 




1 


6 


17 



37 





Pay 


Positions 






Department 


Group 


Authorized 


Schedule 


Hours 


Planning Board 
Secretary 

Police Department 
Chief 


E 

Contract 


1 
1 


7 


20 


Sergeant 
Patrolman 


PS- 11 
PS-9 


4 
13 


4 

4 


37.5 
37.5 


Clerk 


D 


1 


7 


25 


Public Works, Department of 
Superintendent 
Tree & Park Superintendent 
Working Foreman 
Heavy Equipment Operator 
Tree Climber 


Contract 

J 

H 

F 

F 


1 

1 
2 
4 

1 


1 
1 
1 
1 


40 
40 
40 
40 


Truck Driver/Utility Worker 
Skilled Utility Worker 
Skilled Utility Worker-Cemetery 
Clerk 


D 
D 
D 
D 



1 

1 
1 


1 

1 
1 
7 


40 
40 
40 
30 


Recycling Monitor 
Recreation 


B 


1 


1 


16 


Director 


J 


1 


1 


40 


Selectmen, Board of 










Town Administrator 


Contract 


1 






Administrative Secretary 
Secretary /Receptionist 
Sewer 


F 
D 


1 
1 


1 
1 


35 
35 


Superintendent 
Secretary 
Utility Worker 
Operator 
Town Accountant 


J 
E 
C 
F 




1 





1 
7 
1 
1 


6 


Town Accountant 


Contract 


1 






Assistant Town Accountant 


E 


1 


7 


35 


Accounting, Clerk 
Town Clerk 


D 


1 


7 


21 


Assistant Town Clerk 


E 


1 


7 


35 


Town Hall 










Custodian 


E 


1 


7 


21 


Treasurer/Collector 










Assistant Collector 


F 


1 


7 


35 


Assistant Treasurer 


F 


I 


7 


35 


Accounting Clerk 


D 





7 




Water Department 
Superintendent 
Supervisor 
Plant Foreman 


N 
K 
H 







1 
I 
1 




Heavy Equipment Operator 

Secretary 

Clerk 


G 

E 
B 







1 
7 
7 




Plant Operator/Lab Director 


F 





1 





38 



Plant Operator 


E 


1 




Service Operator 


E 


1 




Wire Department 








Superintendent 


K 


1 1 


40 


Electrician/Inspector 


H 


1 




Schedule 2 - Part Time Positions 


ANNUAL 










New 


Old 






Rate 


Rate 


Veterans' Agent 




1,600 


1,600 


Member, Board of Registrars 




326 


326 


Sealer of Weights & Measures 




1,000 


750 


Town Archivist 




600 


500 


Director of Civil Defense 




300 


250 


Assistant Civil Defense Director 




100 


50 


Shellfish Constable 




500 


500 


Animal Control Officer 




10,341 


10,040 


Keeper of the Town Clock 




100 


none 


Keeper of the Town Pump 


HOURLY 


100 


none 


Cemeteries 




delete 


5.50 


Assistant Harbormaster 




7.00 


6.50 


Harbor Night Patrol 




delete 


5.50 


Casual labor 








Step 1 




5.50 


5.50 


Step 2 




5.90 


5.80 


Step Maximum 




6.30 


6.10 


Skilled Casual Labor 




7.00 


7.00 


Election Officers 




6.00 


5.00 


Election Clerk 




6.50 


5.50 


Election Warden 




7.00 


6.00 


Summer Patrolman 




9.00 


none 


Police Matron 




10.00 




Step 1 




delete 


6.70 


Step 2 




delete 


7.10 


Step Maximum 




delete 


7.50 


Deputy Building Inspector(H-Min) 




12.71 


12.71 


Recreation Clerk 








Step 1 




5.50 


4.25 


Step 2 




5.90 


4.75 


Step Maximum 




6.30 


5.25 


Library Pages 








Step 1 




5.50 


4.25 


Step 2 




5.90 


4.75 


Step Maximum 




6.30 


5.25 


Recording Secretary 




9.00 


7.50 



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Schedule 3 - Part Time Positions 

New Old 

Rate Rate 

Constable - Per Notice 20.00 20.00 

Schedule 4 - Informational Only 

Police Department (Collective Bargaining Agreement) 
Schedule 5 - Informational Only 

Fire Department (Collective Bargaining Agreement) 
Schedule 6 - Informational Only 

Library - (Collective Bargaining Agreement) 
Schedule 7 - Informational Only 

Municipal Clerical & Custodian - (Collective Bargaining Agreement) 
Exempt Positions - Per the Fair Labor Standards Act 
Assistant Assessor/Appraiser Police Chief 

Building Inspector Recreation Director 

Council on Aging Director Superintendent of Public Works 

Fire Chief Town Accountant 

Harbormaster Town Administrator 

Health Agent Water Superintendent 

Chief Librarian Water Supervisor 



COST OF AMENDMENTS TO PERSONNEL COMMITTEE BY-LAW 
EN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 4 



Department Personal Services 



114 


Moderator - (Tellers) 




$88.00 


129 


Town Administrator - 


(Clerical) 


15,517.00 


135 


Town Accountant 




1,481.00 


141 


Board of Assessors 




3,569.00 


162 


Elections & Town Meeting 


654.00 


212 


Civilian Dispatch 




3,768.00 


241 


Building Inspector 




1,325.00 


244 


Weights & Measures 




250.00 


245 


Wire Department 




1,325.00 


291 


Civil Defense 




150.00 


292 


Animal Control 




301.00 


295 


Harbor 




957.00 


295 


Harbor - (Assistants) 




664.00 


425 


Department of Public 


Works 


10,098.00 


425 


Department of Public 


Works (Snow & Ice) 


220.00 


510 


Board of Health 




1,432.00 


541 


Council on Aging 




1,658.00 


610 


Library 




1,548.00 


610 


Library (Pages) 




2,250.00 


630 


Recreation 




1,228.00 


691 


Historic Preservation 
Grand Total 




300.00 






$48,783.00 



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SALARY SCHEDULE ELECTED OFFICIALS 

(for information only-not subject to compensation plan) 

Annual Rates 

Job Title Fiscal 1998 

Town Clerk $39,757.00 

Clerk, Board of Registrars 329.00 

Treasurer-Collector 42,893.00 

Moderator 1 .00 
Board of Selectmen 

Chairman 1,500.00 

Members (4) at $ 1 ,000.00 4,000.00 
Board of Assessors 

Chairman 1,300.00 

Members (2) at $ 1 ,200.00 2,400.00 



Total $92,180.00 

MOVED: That the report and recommendations of the Personnel Committee with 
respect to amending the Salary Rate & Schedule as printed in the warrant be adopted; with 
the amendment of item 295 Harbor (assistants) from $664 to $1972, for a new total of 
$50,111 and that any position existing prior hereto not referred to in the schedule shall 
continue to be compensated at the rate set forth in the schedule adopted by Article 4 of the 
Warrant for the 1 996 Annual Town Meeting, and to meet the pay increases set forth in the 
amended schedule for the ensuing fiscal year, the sum of Fifty Thousand, One Hundred 
Eleven Dollars ($50, 1 1 1 ) be appropriated to be credited to the personnel expenses appro- 
priation accounts set forth in accordance with the schedule printed in the warrant, and to 
meet the appropriation, the sum of Fifty Thousand, One Hundred Eleven Dollars ($50,1 1 1) 
be raised and appropriated from taxation and other general revenues of the town. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 5. To hear and act upon the report and recommendations of the Selectmen 
with respect to the salaries of Elected Town Officials and to see if the Town will vote to 
accept the recommendations by adopting or amending the Schedule heretofore accepted 
and adopted and to raise and appropriate a sum of money necessary to pay for the increases 
in the salaries of the Treasurer/Collector and the Town Clerk, for the ensuing fiscal year. 

SALARY SCHEDULE ELECTED OFFICIALS - FISCAL 1998 

(for information only - not subject to compensation plan) 

SCHEDULE 2 

COSTS OF INCREASE IN ANNUAL RATES OF ELECTED OFFICLU.S 

IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 5 

Department Elected Officials-Personal Services 

145 Treasurer/Collector Salary 1,250.00 

161 Town Clerk 1,158.00 



Total $2,408.00 



MOVED: That the report and recommendations of the Board of Selectmen with re- 
spect to the salaries for the Treasurer/Collector and Town Clerk be and hereby are accepted; 
and to meet the salary increases the sum of Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Eight Dollars 
($2,408) be appropriated to pay for the increases of salaries set forth in the schedule entitled 
" Costs of Increase in Annual Rates of Elected Officials in Accordance with Article 5" filed 
herewith and incorporated by reference, and the amount so appropriated is to be credited to 
the Salary Appropriation Account in accordance with the Schedule, and to meet the appro- 
priation, the sum of Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Eight Dollars ($2,408) be raised 
from taxation and other general revenues of the town. 

Motion is adopted. 

MOVED: That the Annual Town Meeting be recessed pending consideration of the 
Special Town Meeting Articles and that the Special Town Meeting Articles be considered at 
this time. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
MARCH 29, 1997 

ARTICLE 1. To see if the Town will vote to transfer from available funds or borrow 
pursuant to applicable statues a sum of $10,000 to be expended under the direction of 
the Board of Assessors for the purpose of conducting a revaluation of real and personal 
property. 

MOVED: The sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($ 1 0,000) is hereby transferred from the 
overlay Surplus account and appropriated to be expended under the direction of the Board 
of Assessors for the purpose of conducting a revaluation of real and personal property of 
the town. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 2. 

Name Address 

R. Murray Campbell 75 Old Pasture Rd. 

Richard J. Avery 22 Surrey Dr. 

Alfred S. Moore 101 Fairoaks Ln. 

Peter J. Pratt 75 Ripley Rd. 

Samuel W. Wakeman 255 Atlantic Ave. 

Paula E. Logan 121 Nichols Rd. 

John F. Hubbard 1 44 Beach St. 

Joseph R. McElroy 59 Windy Hill Rd. 

Barbara L. Dillon 2 1 7 Jerusalem Rd. 

James C. Kinch 77 Forest Ave. 

Resolved that the Board of Selectmen issue a Request for Proposal from non-profit corpo- 
rations to lease the former Cohasset Colonials showroom for the purpose of establishing a 
learning Laboratory for Marine Biology and Genetic Research for the benefit of students of 
all ages; the Laboratory to be established and operated at no cost to the Town. Terms of 
lease to be 10 year renewable at $ 1 per year. 

MOVED: That the Board of Selectmen issue a Request for Proposals from non-profit 
corporations to lease the entire former Cohasset Colonials building together with associated 
parking, access and utilities rights for the purpose of establishing a Learning Laboratory for 
Marine Biology and Genetic Research for the benefit of students of all ages; the Laboratory 
to be established and operated at no cost to the Town. Terms of lease to be 10 years, at One 
Dollar ($ 1 .00) per year rent. 

Amendment offered by Roy Fitzsimmons. 

Term of lease to be 3 years, at One Dollar ($ 1 .00) per year rent. 

Motion to amend is defeated. 

Motion to stop debate. A 2/3 vote is required. 
Motion to stop debated is voted unanimously. 

Vote on main motion. Hand count taken. 
Yes 241; No 118 
Motion is adopted. 



ARTICLE 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
demolish all structures except the wooden boat house on the parcel of land shown on Plot 
1 1 and an unnumbered plot on Assessors' Map 37 consisting of 2.01 acres of land off Bor- 
der Street and Parker Avenue that was purchased at the March 1 993 Town Meeting known 
as the Hagerty Property. Said removal and/or elimination shall be done in any manner the 
Board of Selectmen choose, so that the residents of Cohasset may have access to this land 
and harbor for recreation, education, observation, navigation, angling, daily vehicle and 
trailer parking and storage of the High School rowboat, and to permit the full and maximum 
access to the only public boat ramp in Cohasset, and further to raise and appropriate, trans- 
fer from available funds or borrow pursuant to any applicable statutes a sum of money to 
carry out the foregoing. 



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MOVED: That this Article 3 be indefinitely postponed. 
Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 4. To see if the Town will vote to approve the Second Amended Final 
Judgment between the Town of Cohasset and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to re- 
place the previous Amended Final Judgment approved under Article 22 of the warrant of 
the October 24, 1994 Special Town Meeting, copies of which are available at the Town 
Clerk's Office and the Paul Pratt Memorial Library; and to authorize the Board of Select- 
men to execute a consent to said judgment. 

MOVED: That the Second Amended Final Judgment between the Town of Cohasset 
and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as on file with the office of the Town Clerk, to 
replace the previous Amended Final Judgment approved under Article 22 of the warrant of 
the October 24, 1994 Special Town Meeting, be approved, and the Board of Selectmen are 
hereby authorized to execute a consent to said judgment and file same in Suffolk Superior 
Court of the Commonwealth. 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 5. To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, trans- 
fer from available funds or borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement 
Trust, or otherwise borrow pursuant to any applicable statute to be expended by the Board 
of Sewer Commissioners to implement the following wastewater projects: 

a. to authorize the Central Cohasset Sewer Expansion Project as set forth in the Draft 

Facilities Plan dated December 1996 prepared by the Town's Engineer, Tutela En- 
gineering Associates, Inc., copies of which are available at the Town Clerk's office 
and at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library entitled "Draft Wastewater Facility Plan and 
Environmental Impact Report", and further that the Treasurer of the Town, with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen borrow a sum of money to fund the design, 
engineering, construction and installation of said project which borrowing is to be 
repaid by betterments assessed upon the properties benefited thereby, provided how- 
ever a sum of money equal to one half of the principal and interest applicable to 
such borrowing is to be appropriated from the tax levy and other general revenues 
of the Town contingent upon a vote of the Town to exempt such one half allocation 
of costs from the limitation on taxes contained in Proposition 2 1/2 by means of a 
debt exclusion override; 

b. to amend Article 4 of the Special Town Meeting of March 30, 1 996 by adding a new 

appropriation contingent upon the passage of Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion over- 
ride at the end of the existing text of the said Article 4 vote in order to appropriate 
from the tax levy and other general revenues of the Town one half of the costs for 
the principal and interest on the amounts borrowed as previously authorized by the 
vote on such Article 4. 
MOVED: The sum of Thirteen Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand, 
Eight Hundred Dollars ($13,496,800) is hereby appropriated for the Board of Sewer Com- 
missioners to implement the Central Cohasset Sewer Expansion Project as set forth in the 
Draft Facilities Plan dated December 1996 prepared by the Town's Engineer, Tutela Engi- 
neering Associates, Inc., titled "Draft Wastewater Facility Plan and Environmental Impact 
Report," a copy of which is on file with the office of the Town Clerk, and further that, to 
implement such Project, the Treasurer of the Town, with the approval of the Board of Se- 
lectmen, is authorized to borrow the sum of Thirteen Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Six 
Thousand, Eight Hundred Dollars ($13,496,800) from the Massachusetts Water Pollution 
Abatement Trust, or otherwise, for the foregoing purposes, and that the town be authorized 



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to levy betterments and assessments on parcels of land that are specially benefited by such 
Project using the methodology as established by the Board of Sewer Commissioners Rules 
and Regulations as may be adopted by the Town, provided however, that pursuant to section 
7 of chapter 65 of the acts of 1962 and chapter 83, section 23 of the general laws, contingent 
upon a vote of the town to exempt the amounts necessary to pay for the principal of and 
interest on the amounts borrowed from this Central Cohasset Sewer Project as authorized 
by this vote from the limitations on taxation imposed by chapter 59, section 2 IC (so called 
"Proposition 2 1/2), then the portion to be paid by the town shall be one half (50%) of the 
such amounts appropriated from the tax levy and other general revenues of the town, and 
the portion to be so levied and assessed upon parcels of land so benefited shall be reduced 
as a result of such override from the entire amount to one half of such amounts. 

Further, the appropriation and authorization voted in Article 4 of the March, 1996 
Special Town Meeting ("Straits Pond/Hull Street area") is hereby amended by adding thereto 
at the end thereof before the final period punctuation mark the following "... further pursu- 
ant to section 7 of chapter 65 of the acts of 1962 and chapter 83, section 23 of the general 
laws, contingent upon a vote of the town to exempt the amounts necessary to pay for the 
principal of and interest on the amounts borrowed for this Straits Pond/Hull street area as 
authorized by this vote from the limitations on taxation imposed by chapter 59, section 2 1 C 
of the General Laws (so called "Proposition 2 1/2"), then the portion to be paid by the town 
shall be one half (50%) of the such amounts appropriated from the tax levy and other gen- 
eral revenues of the Town, and the portion to be so levied and assessed upon parcels of land 
so benefited shall be reduced as a result of such override from the entire amount to one half 
of such amounts." 

Amendment to Article 5 offered by Arne Gjesteby. 

MOVED: That the main motion under Article 5 be amended as follows: 
In the first paragraph of the Main Motion, insert the word "not" in line 1 1 , after the word 
"town" and before the words "be authorized to levy betterments". 

In the first paragraph of the Main Motion, delete the words ""one half (50%)", and 
substitute the word " 1 00%". 

In the first paragraph of the Main Motion, delete the words "and the portion to be so 
levied and assessed upon parcels of Jand so benefited shall be reduced as a result of such 
override from the entire amount to one half of such amounts." 

In the second paragraph of said Main Motion, insert after the words, "before the final 
period punctuation mark the following" the words, '"first, to terminate the language in 
Article 4 of the March, 1996 Special Town Meeting authorizing betterments, except as to 
betterments necessary to fund amounts expended or incurred to date, and" 

In the second paragraph of said Main Motion, delete the words "'one half (50%)" and 
insert instead the words "100%". 

In the second paragraph of said Main Motion, delete the words ""and the portion to be 
so levied and assessed upon parcels of land so benefited shall be reduced as a result of such 
override from the entire amount to one half of such amounts." 

Motion to stop debate.on amendment. A 2/3 vote is required. 

Motion to stop debate is adopted. 

Vote on amendment. 
Yes 75; No 185 
Motion is defeated. 



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Motion to stop debate on the main motion. A 2/3 vote is required. 
Motion is adopted unanimously. 

Vote on main motion. A 2/3 vote is required. 
Hand count taken — Yes 264; No 3 
Motion is adopted. 

The following resolution was offered by Ralph Kidder, Chairman of the School 
Committee. 

A Resolution in Honor of the Service of James Kirk 
to the Cohasset School Committee 

WHEREAS, James Kirk has served the Town of Cohasset for three years as a mem- 
ber of the Cohasset School Committee, and for two of those years as Secretary to the Com- 
mittee and 

WHEREAS, Mr. Kirk has served the Town and the Committee with distinction, com- 
bining his business acumen and expertise in marketing and communications with a ready 
wit and a sense of fair play for all those involved with the Cohasset Schools and 

WHEREAS, Mr. Kirk has demonstrated an unshakable faith in the capacity of the 
employees of the Cohasset Public Schools to improve continuously the work they do on 
behalf of the children of Cohasset and an unflagging willingness to work diligently to en- 
sure that his faith became a reality and 

WHEREAS, Mr. Kirk's vision for the Cohasset Schools was an inspiration and a 
constant source of renewal for his colleagues on the School Committee. 

Be it resolved that the residents gathered in Town Meeting this 29th day of March, 
nineteen hundred and ninety seven do hereby thank and salute Mr. James Kirk for his de- 
voted service to the children and citizens of the Town of Cohasset. 

Resolution is adopted unanimously. 

A Resolution in Honor of the Service of JoAnne Chittick 
to the Cohasset School Committee 

WHEREAS, JoAnne Chittick has served the Town of Cohasset for three years as a 
member of the Cohasset School Committee, and for one of those years as Secretary to the 
Committee and 

WHEREAS, Mrs. Chittick has served the children and employees of the Cohasset 
Public Schools for twenty years as a volunteer as well as an elected School Committee 
member and 

WHEREAS, Mrs. Chittick has worked tirelessly to ensure that the efforts of the School 
Facilities /Building Committee to design and construct a new elementary school are in the 
best interests of the children, the staff and the taxpayers of Cohasset. 

Be it resolved that the residents gathered in Town Meeting this 29th day of March, 
nineteen hundred and ninety seven do hereby thank and salute Mrs. Joanne Chinick for her 
devoted service to the children and citizens of the Town of Cohasset. 

Resolution is adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 6. To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Sewer Commissioners 
pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 4A to enter into an 
Intermunicipal Agreement ("the IMA") between the Town and the Town of Hingham 
("Hingham") pursuant to which the Town would purchase an interest in a pump station at 
West Comer and a gravity main in Hull Street, both of which will be located in Hingham, 
and in a force main that will be located in part of Hingham and in part of the Town of Hull 
("Hull") and further, to see if the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds or borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, or other appli- 
cable statute, a sum of money for the purpose of implementing the terms and conditions of 
this IMA, all in connection with the North Cohasset Wastewater System (Article 4 of the 
Special Town Meeting of March 30, 1996); copies of the IMA are available at the Town 
Clerk's Office and at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library; and further, that the Town be autho- 
rized to levy betterments and assessments on parcels of land that are enhanced by the waste- 
water facilities; provided however a sum of money equal to one half of the principal and 
interest applicable to such borrowing is to be appropriated from the tax levy and other 
general revenues of the Town contingent upon a vote of the Town to exempt such one half 
allocation of costs from the limitation on taxes contained in Proposition 2 1/2 by means of 
a debt exclusion override. 

MOVED: The Board of Sewer Commissioners are hereby authorized to enter into an 
Intermunicipal Agreement ("the IMA") between the Town of Cohasset and the Town of 
Hingham ("Hingham") as on file with the office of the Town Clerk under which the Town is 
to purchase an interest in a pump station at West Comer and a gravity main on Hull Street, 
both of which will be located in Hingham, and in a force main that will be located in part in 
Hingham and in part in the Town of Hull ("Hull"), all in connection with the Straits Pond/ 
Hull Street Wastewater System. To fund the foregoing, the sum of Five Hundred and Forty 
Thousand Dollars ($540,000) is hereby appropriated, and to meet that appropriation, Two 
Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars ($217,500) is hereby transferred 
from Article 4 of the March, 1996 Special Town Meeting, and for the remaining sums the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow Three Hun- 
dred and Twenty Two Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars ($322,500) from the Massachusetts 
Water Pollution Abatement Tmst or otherwise, for the purposes of implementing the terms 
and conditions of such Intermunicipal Agreement, including design and constmction of 
such pump station and gravity and force mains, and that the Town be authorized to levy 
betterments and assessments for the entire amount of such costs on parcels of land that are 
specially benefited by such pump station and gravity and force mains using the methodol- 
ogy as established by the Board of Sewer Commissioners Rules & Regulations as may be 
adopted by the Town, provided however, pursuant to section 7 of chapter 65 of the acts of 
1962 and chapter 83, section 23 of the general laws, contingent upon a vote of the town to 
exempt the amounts necessary to pay for the principal of and interest on the amounts bor- 
rowed as authorized by this vote for this Straits Pond/Hull Street wastewater system from 
the limitations on taxation imposed by chapter 59, section 21C of the General Laws (so 
called Proposition 2-1/2), then the portion to be paid by the town shall be one half (50%) of 
the such amounts appropriated from the tax levy and other general revenues of the town, 
and the portion to be so levied and assessed upon parcels of land so benefited shall be 
reduced as a result of such override from the entire amount to one half of such amounts. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Hand count— Yes 161; No 4 

Motion is adopted. 



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ARTICLE 7. To see if the Town will vote to amend Article 10 of the Special Town 
Meeting of March 30, 1996, by adding thereto at the end of the existing text of the Article 
10 vote of the Town as follows: 

The Board of Sewer Commissioners are authorized to acquire by purchase, gift, emi- 
nent domain, or otherwise, permanent Real Estate easements within private or common 
ways the purpose of laying, constructing, replacing, improving or otherwise maintaining 
sewer collection pipes, pumps, manholes and appurtenant equipment all in connection with 
the North Cohasset Wastewater System; a plan depicting the impacted ways is available at 
the Town Clerk's Office and at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library. 

MOVED: Article 10 of the Special Town Meeting of March 30, 1996 is hereby amended 
by adding thereto at the end of the existing text of the Article 10 vote of the Town as fol- 
lows: The Board of Sewer Commissioners are authorized to acquire by purchase, gift, emi- 
nent domain, or otherwise, permanent real estate easements within private or common ways 
for the purpose of laying, constructing, replacing, improving or otherwise maintaining sewer 
collection pipes, pumps, manholes and appurtenant equipment, all in connection with the 
Straits Pond/Hull Street Wastewater System, the description of said easements and impacted 
ways are depicted on a plan on file with the Town Clerk. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Hand Count Taken, Yes 142; No 3 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 8. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate or transfer from available 
funds the sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand and no/100 Dollars) to be expended by the 
Board of Sewer Commissioners for general legal services and other professional services 
pertaining to the Town's wastewater management systems and the defense and prosecution 
of administrative proceedings and litigation arising therefrom. 

MOVED: The appropriation voted pursuant to Article 3 of the 1996 Annual Town 
Meeting is hereby amended by increasing line item 151 (Special Counsel Legal Expenses) 
by increasing the sum therein voted by the additional sum of Fifteen Thousand and no/ 100 
Dollars ($ 1 5,000), which sum is hereby appropriated to be expended by the Board of Sewer 
Commissioners from said account with the approval of the Board of Selectmen for general 
legal services and other professional services pertaining to the Town's wastewater manage- 
ment problems and the defense and prosecution of administrative proceedings and litiga- 
tion arising therefrom, and to meet such appropriation Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) is 
transferred from the Sewer Penalty Reserve Account and Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) is 
transferred from Sewer General Expense Account. 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 9. To see if the Town will appropriate or transfer from available funds the 
sum of $6,000 (six thousand and no/100 Dollars) for the Board of Sewer Commissioners to 
purchase and install inserts into approximately sixty manholes in the existing Central Cohasset 
sewer collection system to help eliminate extraneous flows. 

MOVED: The sum of Six Thousand and no/ 100 Dollars ($6,000) is hereby appropri- 
ated for the Board of Sewer Commissioners to purchase and install inserts into approxi- 
mately sixty manholes in the existing Central Cohasset sewer collection system to help 
eliminate extraneous flows, and to meet such appropriation Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000) 
shall be transferred from the Medicare Tax account. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to adopt revisions to the "Rules and 
Regulations Concerning Sewer Use, Cost Recovery and Policy on Sanitary Sewer Connec- 
tions to the Public Sewerage System" of the Board of Sewer Commissioners, copies of 
which are available at the Town Clerk's Office and at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library titled 
"Revisions to Sewer Rules and Regulations. 

MOVED: The "Revisions to Sewer Rules and Regulations" as on file with the Town 
Clerk's Office, are adopted as revisions to the "Rules and Regulations Concerning Sewer 
Use, Cost Recovery and Policy on Sanitary Sewer Connections to the Public Sewerage 
System" of the Board of Sewer Commissioners, and Article 22 of the 1973 Annual Town 
Meeting be amended by incorporating the aforesaid "Revisions to Sewer Rules and Regula- 
tions" into the Rules and Regulations adopted by said Article 22. 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 11. To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, trans- 
fer from available funds or borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement 
Trust or otherwise borrow pursuant to any applicable statute for the Board of Sewer Com- 
missioners to expend for professional services to develop new Sewer "Rules and Regula- 
tions" to properly regulate existing and proposed sewered areas, to comply with current 
State and Federal regulations and to comply with adjoining Town regulations as may be 
applicable to the Town of Cohasset through intermunicipal agreements and further to de- 
velop a cost recovery methodology which will establish and maintain a self-sustaining Sewer 
Department. 

MOVED: The sum of Twenty Thousand and no/1 00 Dollars ($20,000) be transferred 
from the Medicare Tax Account for the Board of Sewer Commissioners to expend for pro- 
fessional services to develop new Sewer "Rules and Regulations" to properly regulate ex- 
isting and proposed sewered areas, to comply with current State and Federal regulations 
and to comply with adjoining Town regulations as may be applicable to the Town of Cohasset 
through intermunicipal agreements and further to develop a cost recovery methodology 
which will establish and maintain a self sustaining sewer department. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 12. To see if the Town will vote to approve an On-site Wastewater Man- 
agement Plan; which plan is to be adopted as the Board of Health regulations and further to 
see what sums of monies the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds 
or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute to implement the On-site Wastewater Manage- 
ment Plan; this Plan is available for review at the Town Clerk's office and the Paul Pratt 
Library and would establish a local loan and grant program utilizing state and Town fiinds 
to allow residents to bring septic system into compliance with the State Environmental 
Code Title V and the local Board of Health regulations; and further to see if the Town will 
vote to request its representatives in the General Court to petition for a special act of the 
legislature as set forth below and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to make 
constructive changes in perfecting the language of this legislation in order to secure pas- 
sage, it being the intent to authorize the Board of Selectmen and the General Court to vary 
the specific intent of the requested legislation within the scope of the general public objec- 
tives of this home rule petition. 

An Act to provide for a Homeowner Loan Program for septic system repairs in the 
Town of Cohasset. 

1 . The Town of Cohasset is hereby authorized to establish a local loan fund in the 
treasury of the Town, separate from other ftinds of the Town, not to exceed $13,000,000, to 
be expended for the purpose of lending money to property owners in the Town to effectuate 
repairs and improvements to privately owned septic systems on such properties. The Town 



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is further authorized to raise and appropriate public fund to pay all or any portion as may be 
appropriated, of the administrative and interest costs of such a loan program and to fix the 
proportion of such costs to be paid for by the Town and to be paid for by the property owner 
through the loan program described in this Act. The Town shall pay all or a portion of such 
costs only where the Cohasset Board of Health and the Cohasset Board of Sewer Commis- 
sioners determine that the repairs and improvements provide a benefit to the Town in gen- 
eral and that the payment of all or a part thereof by the Town is generally consistent to 
fiinding benefits provided by the Town in sewered areas of the Town. 

2. The Cohasset Board of Health and the Cohasset Board of Sewer Commissioners, 
acting concurrently, may make findings consistent with their authority pursuant to this Act 
and in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated with concurrence of both Boards, 
and such Boards may enter into betterment agreements, subject to appropriation, with such 
owner that would result in such structure to be serviced by a proper septic system. 

3. An owner who enters into an agreement described in Section 2 of this act shall be 
responsible for all capital costs and any portions not raised and appropriated by the Town, 
as fixed pursuant to section one of this Act, of all expenses incurred, directly or indirectly, 
for such repairs, replacement, upgrade and installation of a septic system. Such agreement 
shall be recorded as a betterment and be subject to the provisions of chapter eighty relative 
to the assessments, apportionment, division, reassessment and collection of assessment, 
abatement and collections of reassessments, and to interest; provided however that such 
assessment may bear interest at a rate determined by the Town by agreement with the owner. 

4. An agreement between an owner and the Boards in the Town pursuant to this Act 
shall not be considered a breach of a limitation or prohibition contained in a note, mortgage 
or contract on the transfer of interest in property. 

5. In addition to the remedies available pursuant to chapter eighty of the general laws, 
the property owner shall be personally liable for repayment of all or the portion fo the costs 
incurred pursuant to this Act that are allocated to the property owner pursuant to section one 
of this Act. 

6. To fund the loans issued and other costs of the Cohasset loan fund established by 
section one of the Act, the Town may borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abate- 
ment Trust or otherwise borrow pursuant to any enabling law provided that any debt shall 
be subjected to the provisions of chapter forty-four and shall not exceed twenty years. Any 
appropriation or borrowing by the Town for purposes contained within this Act shall not be 
included for purpose of computation of the levy or borrowing limits imposed upon the 
Town by the general laws. 

7. The powers and authority given to the Town pursuant to this Act shall be deemed to 
provide an additional and alternative method for accomplishing the purposes hereof and 
shall be deemed and construed to be supplemental and additional to, and not in derogation 
of, powers conferred upon the Town pursuant to any provision of any general or special law 
or otherwise. 

8. This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 
MOVED: That this Article 1 2 be indefinitely postponed. 
Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 13. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds or borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, or otherwise 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money to be expended by the Board of 
Sewer Commissioners or the Board of Health to implement a State subsidized plan for the 
monitoring, repair, upgrading and/or replacement of privately owned onsite wastewater 
systems through a process of Town managed, low interest loans to homeowners, repayable 
through a twenty year betterment, directed to the more environmentally sensitive areas or 



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otherwise designated "priority" areas in Cohasset as set forth in the Draft Wastewater Facil- 
ity Plan and in the Second Amended Final Judgment (Warrant Article 4 hereof); and further 
to see if the Town will vote to request its representatives in the General Court to petition for 
a special act of the legislature as set forth below and further to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to make constructive changes in perfecting the language of this legislation in 
order to secure passage, it being the intent to authorize the Board of Selectmen and the 
General Court to vary the specific intent of the requested legislation within the scope of the 
general public objectives of this home rule petition. 

"An Act to provide for a Homeowner Loan Program for septic system repairs in the 
Town of Cohasset." 

1. The Town of Cohasset is hereby authorized to establish a local loan fund in the 
treasury of the Town, separate from other funds of the Town, not to exceed $5,000,000, to 
be expended for the purpose of lending money to property owners in the Town to effectuate 
repairs and improvements to privately owned septic systems on such properties. The Town 
is further authorized to raise and appropriate public funds to pay all or any portion as may 
be appropriated, of the administrative and interest costs of such a loan program and to fix 
the. proportion of such costs to be paid for by the Town and to be paid for by the property 
owner through the loan program described in this Act. The Town shall pay all or a portion of 
such costs only where the Cohasset Board of Health and the Cohasset Board of Sewer 
Commissioners determine that the repairs and improvements provide a benefit to the Town 
in general and that the payment of all or a part thereof by the Town is generally consistent to 
funding benefits provided by the Town in sewered areas of the Town. 

2. The Cohasset Board of Health and the Cohasset Board of Sewer Commissioners, 
acting concurrently, may make findings consistent with their authority pursuant to this Act 
and in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated with concurrence of both Boards, 
and such Boards may enter into betterment agreements, subject to appropriation, with such 
owner that would result in such structure to be serviced by a proper septic system. 

3. An owner who enters into an agreement described in Section 2 of this act shall be 
responsible for all capital costs and any portions not raised and appropriated by the Town, 
as fixed pursuant to section one of this Act, of all expenses incurred, directly or indirectly, 
for such repairs, replacement, upgrade and installation of a septic system. Such agreement 
shall be recorded as a betterment and be subject to the provisions of chapter eighty relative 
to the assessments, apportionment, division, reassessment and collection of assessment, 
abatement and collections of reassessments, and to interest; provided however that such 
assessment may bear interest at a rate determined by the Town by agreement with the owner. 

4. An agreement between an owner and the Boards in the Town pursuant to this Act 
shall not be considered a breach of a limitation or prohibition contained in a note, mortgage 
or contract on the transfer of interest in property. 

5. In addition to the remedies available pursuant to chapter eighty of the general laws, 
the property owner shall be personally liable for repayment of all or the portion of the costs 
incurred pursuant to this Act that are allocated to the property owner pursuant to section one 
of this Act. 

6. To fund the loans issued and other costs of the Cohasset loan fund established by 
section one of this Act, the Town may borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution 
Abatement Trust or otherwise borrow pursuant to any enabling law provided that any debt 
shall be subjected to the provisions of chapter forty-four and shall not exceed twenty years. 
Any appropriation or borrowing by the Town for purposes contained within this Act shall 
not be included for purpose of computation of the levy or borrowing limits imposed upon 
the Town by the general laws. 

7. The powers and authority given to the Town pursuant to this Act shall be deemed to 
provide an additional and alternative method for accomplishing the purposes hereof and 
shall be deemed and construed to be supplemental and additional to, and not in derogation 

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of, powers conferred upon the Town pursuant to any provision of any general or special law 
or otherwise. 

8. This Act shall take effect upon its passage 

MOVED: That the sum of Three Million Dollars ($3,000,000) is hereby appropriated 
for the Board of Health to implement a State subsidized plan for the monitoring, repair, 
upgrading and/or replacement of privately owned on-site wastewater systems through a 
process of Town managed, low interest loans to homeowners, repayable through a twenty 
year betterment assessment upon the benefited properties, directed to the more environ- 
mentally sensitive areas or otherwise designated '"priority" areas in Cohasset as set forth in 
the Second Amended Final Judgment (Warrant Article 4 hereoO and more particularly, the 
Little Harbor and Lily Pond Priority Districts as outlined and delineated in a Plan and List- 
ing entitled "Priority On-Site Wastewater Management Districts, and Basic Components of 
Priority On-Site Wastewater Management Plan" dated as of March 29, 1997, a copy of 
which is on file with the office of the Town Clerk; and to meet this appropriation, the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow said sums 
from the Water Pollution Abatement Trust or otherwise, which borrowings are to be repaid 
by the imposition of betterments upon the benefited properties in accordance with chapter 
1 1 1 section 127B 1/2 of the General Laws or, if enacted the special act herein described; 
and further the Board of Selectmen are authorized to present through the Town's represen- 
tatives to the General Court a home rule petition requesting enactment of a special act of the 
legislature as set forth below and further the Board of Selectmen are authorized to make 
constructive changes in perfecting the language of the legislation in order to secure pas- 
sage, it being the intent to authorize the Board of Selectmen and the General Court to vary 
the specific text of the proposed act within the scope of the general public objectives of this 
home rule petition: 

"An Act to provide for a Homeowner Loan Program for septic system repairs in the 
Town of Cohasset." 

1. The Town of Cohasset is hereby authorized to establish a local loan fund in the 
treasury of the Town, separate from other fiinds of the Town, not to exceed $5,000,000, to 
be expended for the purpose of lending money to property owners in the Town to effectuate 
repairs and improvements to privately owned septic systems on such properties. The Town 
is further authorized to raise and appropriate public funds to pay all or any portion as may 
be appropriated, of the administrative and interest costs of such a loan program and to fix 
the proportion of such costs to be paid for by the Town and to be paid for by the property 
owner through the loan program described in this Act. The Town shall pay all or a portion of 
such costs only where the Cohasset Board of Health and the Cohasset Board of Sewer 
Commissioners determine that the repairs and improvements provide a benefit to the Town 
in general and that the payment of all or a part thereof by the Town is generally consistent to 
ftinding benefits provided by the Town in sewered areas of the Town. 

2. The Cohasset Board of Health and the Cohasset Board of Sewer Commissioners, 
acting concurrently, may make findings consistent with their authority pursuant to this Act 
and in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated with concurrence of both Boards, 
and such Boards may enter into betterment agreements, subject to appropriation, with any 
property owner that would result in such property being served by a proper septic system. 

3. An owner who enters into an agreement described in Section 2 of this act shall be 
responsible for all capital costs and any portions not raised and appropriated by the Town, 
as fixed pursuant to section one of this Act, of all expenses incurred, directly or indirectly, 
for such repairs, replacement, upgrade and installation of a septic system. Such agreement 
shall be recorded as a betterment and be subject to the provisions of chapter eighty relative 
to the assessments, apportionment, division, reassessment and collection of assessment, 
abatement and collections of reassessments, and to interest; provided however that such 
assessment may bear interest at a rate determined by the Town by agreement with the owner. 

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4. An agreement between an owner and the Boards in the Town pursuant to this Act 
shall not be considered a breach of a limitation or prohibition contained in a note, mortgage 
or contract on the transfer of interest in property. 

5. In addition to the remedies available pursuant to chapter eighty of the general laws, 
the property owner shall be personally liable for repayment of all or other portion of the 
costs incurred pursuant to this Act that are allocated to the property owner pursuant to 
section one of this Act. 

6. To fund the loans issued and other costs of the Cohasset loan fund established by 
section one of the Act, the Town may borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abate- 
ment Trust or otherwise borrow pursuant to any enabling law provided that any debt shall 
be subjected to the provisions of chapter forty-four and shall not exceed twenty years. Any 
appropriation or borrowing by the Town for purposes contained within this Act shall not be 
included for purpose of computation of the levy or borrowing limits imposed upon the 
Town by the general laws. 

7. The powers and authority given to the Town pursuant to this Act shall be deemed to 
provide an additional and alternative method for accomplishing the purposes hereof and 
shall be deemed and construed to be supplemental and additional to, and not in derogation 
of, powers conferred upon the Town pursuant to any provision of any general or special law 
or otherwise. 

8. This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 
A 2/3 vote is required. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 14. To see if the Town will vote to accept Chapter 90 Section 20A 1/2 
of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAWS ANNOTATED 

PART I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT 

TITLE XIV. PUBLIC WAYS AND WORKS 

CHAPTER 90. MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT MOTOR VEHICLES 

20A 1/2. Cities of Boston and Cambridge; parking violations; tags; appearance; failure 
to appear; adjudication by mail 

In the cities of Boston and Cambridge and in any city or town which accepts the provi- 
sions of this section, each manager in a city having a Plan D or E form of charter or the 
mayor, with the approval of the city council or board of aldermen in any other city, or the 
town council or board of selectmen of a town shall designate or appoint a parking clerk. The 
parking clerk shall report to the council or aldermen of a city, the council or board of select- 
men, of a town and shall supervise and coordinate the processing of parking notices in such 
city or town. The parking clerk shall have the authority, after such authorization by the 
mayor and city council in a city or town council or selectmen in a town, to hire and desig- 
nate such personnel as may be necessary or contract by competitive bid for such services, 
subject to appropriation, to implement the provisions of this section; provided, however, 
that such positions shall be filled in the city of Boston and Cambridge by granting prefer- 
ence to persons who had been employees of said cities in the fire, police or traffic crossing 
guard service, and all such positions in said city of Boston and Cambridge shall be subject 
to chapter thirty one, and in no case in the city of Boston and Cambridge shall the amount 
expended for administration of this section exceed eleven percent of the total amount of the 
annual receipts collected by the parking clerk. 

It shall be the duty of every police officer who takes cognizance of a violation of any 
provision of any rule, regulation, order, ordinance or bylaw regulating the parking of motor 



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vehicles established for their respective city or town, forthwith to give the offender a notice, 
which shall be in tag form as provided in this section, to appear before the parking clerk of 
the city or town wherein the violation, occurred at any time during regular office hours, not 
later than twenty-one days after the date of such violation. All tags shall be prepared in 
triplicate and shall be prenumbered. 

Said tag shall be affixed securely to the motor vehicle and shall contain, but shall, not 
be limited to, the following information: the make, color and registration number of the 
vehicle involved and the state of issuance of said registration number, the date, time and 
place of the violation, the specific violation charged and, if a meter violation, the number of 
said meter, the name and badge number of the officer and his division, a schedule of estab- 
lished fines, instructions for the return of the tag and a notice which reads: This notice may 
be returned by mail, personally or by an authorized person. A hearing may be obtained 
upon the written request of the registered owner. Failure to obey this notice within twenty-one 
days after the date of violation may result in the non-renewal of the license to drive and the 
registration of the registered owner. 

* 22761 At or before the completion of each tour of duty, the officer shall give to his 
commanding officer those copies of each notice of such violation taken cognizance of dur- 
ing such tour. Said commanding officer shall retain and safely preserve one of such copies 
and shall at a time no later than the beginning of the next business day of the city or town 
after receipt of such notice deliver another of such copies to the parking clerk before whom 
the offender has been notified to appear. The parking clerk shall maintain a docket of all 
such notices to appear. 

Any person notified to appear before the parking clerk, as provided herein, may appear 
before such parking clerk, or his designee, and confess the offense charged, either person- 
ally or through an agent duly authorized in writing or by mailing to such parking clerk the 
notice accompanied by the fine provided therein, such payment to be made only by postal 
note, money order or check made out to the parking clerk. Payment of the fine established 
shall operate as a final disposition of the case. Notice affixed to a motor vehicle as provided 
in this section, shall be deemed a sufficient notice, and a certificate of the officer affixing 
such notice that it has been affixed thereto, in accordance with this section, shall be deemed 
prima facie evidence thereof and shall be admissible in any judicial or administrative pro- 
ceeding as to the facts contained therein. 

The traffic and parking commission of the city of Boston, the traffic commission or 
traffic director of any other city or town having such a commission or director with author- 
ity to promulgate traffic rules, the city council of any other city, and the board of selectmen 
of any other town, shall from time to time establish by rule or regulation a schedule of fines 
for violations subject to this section committed within such city or town; provided, how- 
ever, that all such fines shall be uniform for the same offense committed in the same zone or 
district, if any; and provided, further, that the fine for the violation of the parking of motor 
vehicles within ten feet of a ffre hydrant shall not be more than one hundred dollars, and 
provided, further, that any fine established under the provisions of this section for all other 
parking violations shall not exceed fifteen dollars, if paid within twenty-one days, twenty 
dollars if paid thereafter but before the parking clerk reports to the registrar as provided 
below, and thirty-five dollars if paid thereafter. 

Should an person notified to appear hereunder fail to appear and, if a fine is provided 
hereunder, to pay the same, or having appeared desire not to avail himself of the benefits of 
the procedure established by this section, the parking clerk shall forthwith schedule the 
matter before a person hereafter, referred to as a hearing officer, said hearing officer to be 
the parking clerk of the city or town wherein the violation occurred or such other person or 
persons as the parking clerk may designate. Written notice of the date, time and place of 
said hearing shall be sent by first-class mail to the registered owner. Said hearing shall be 



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informal, the rules of evidence shall not apply and the decision of the hearing officer shall 
be final subject to judicial review as provided by section fourteen of chapter thirty A. 

* 22762 If any person fails to appear in accordance with said notice, the parking clerk 
shall notify the registrar of motor vehicles who shall place the matter on record and, upon 
receipt of two or more such notices, shall not renew the license to operate a motor vehicle of 
the registered owner of the vehicle or the registration of said vehicle until after notice from 
the parking clerk that all such matters have been disposed of in accordance with law. Upon 
such notification to the registrar, an additional twenty dollar charge, payable to the registrar 
of motor vehicles, shall be assessed against the registered owner of said vehicle. 

It shall be the duty of the parking clerk to notify the registrar forthwith that such case 
has been so disposed of in accordance with law, provided however, that a certified receipt of 
full and final payment from the parking clerk of the city or town in which the violation 
occurred shall also serve as legal notice to the registrar that said violation has been disposed 
of The notice to appear provided herein shall be printed in such form as the registrar of 
motor vehicles may approve. The parking clerk shall distribute such notices to the com- 
manding officer of the police department of the city or town upon request, and shall take a 
receipt thereof The registrar shall approve such other forms as he deems appropriate to 
implement this section, and said forms shall be printed and used by the cities and towns. 

If any person shall have failed to appear in accordance with five or more said notices, 
notwithstanding any notification to the registrar, the parking clerk may notify the chief of 
police or director of traffic and parking of said city or town that the vehicle involved in said 
multiple violations shall be removed and stored, or otherwise immobilized by a mechanical 
device, at the expense of, the registered owner of said vehicle until such time as the matter 
has been disposed of in accordance with law. 

As used in this section, the words '"motor vehicle" shall, so far as apt, include trailer, 
semi-trailer and semi-trailer unit. 

The provisions of this section shall apply to violations of rules and regulations relative 
to the use of parking areas subject to the control of the county commissioners adjacent to or 
abutting county buildings, and county commissioners are hereby authorized to make such 
rules and regulations. Said provisions shall also apply to violations of rules and regulations 
relative to the parking of motor vehicles established by any commission or body empow- 
ered to make such rules and regulations. 

Any person notified to appear before the parking clerk, as provided herein, may with- 
out waiving his right to a hearing before the parking clerk or hearing officer as provided by 
this section, and also without waiving Judicial review as provided by section fourteen of 
chapter thirty A, may challenge the validity of the parking violation notice and receive a 
review and disposition of the violation from the parking clerk or a hearing officer by mail. 
The alleged parking violator may, upon receipt of the notice to appear, send a signed state- 
ment explaining his objections to the violation notice as well as signed statements from 
wimesses, police officers, government officials and any other relevant parties. Photographs, 
diagrams, maps and other documents may also be sent with the statement. Any such state- 
ment or materials sent to the parking clerk for review shall have attached the persons' name 
and address as well as the ticket number and the date of the violation. The parking clerk or 
hearing officer shall, within twenty one days of receipt of said material, review the material 
and dismiss or uphold the violation and notify, by mail, the alleged violator of the disposi- 
tion of the hearing. If the outcome of the hearing is against the alleged violator, the parking 
clerk or hearing officer shall explain the reasons for the outcome on the notice. Such review 
and disposition handled by mail shall be informal, the rules of evidence shall not apply, and 
the decision of the parking clerk shall be final subject to any hearing provisions provided by 
this section or to judicial review as provided by section fourteen of chapter thirty A. Each 
parking violation issued shall carry a statement explaining the procedure to adjudicate the 
violation by mail. 



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Vendor 


Department 


Richard Henderson 


Legal 


Cohasset Central Cemetery 


Tree & Park 


Olympic Texaco 


Fire 


Hingham Water Company 


Fire 



MOVED: That Chapter 90, Section 20A 1/2 of the General Laws of the Common- 
wealth be accepted by the Town of Cohasset. 
Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 15. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Water Commissioners, 
with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to enter into an agreement to lease antenna 
space for a period not to exceed 25 years on the water storage tank on Bear Hill. 

MOVED: That the Water Commissioners, with the approval of the Board of Select- 
men, are authorized to enter into an agreement to lease antenna space for a period not to 
exceed 25 years on the water storage on Bear Hill. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 16. To see if the Town will appropriate, transfer from available funds or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money for the purpose of paying unpaid 
bills relating to prior fiscal years. 

Amount 

$ 999.00 

738.00 

29.00 

221.00 

MOVED: The sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty Seven Dollars ($767) is hereby ap- 
propriated for the purpose of paying unpaid bills relating to prior fiscal years as follows; 

Vendor Department Amount 

Central Cemetery Tree «& Park $ 738.00 

Olympic Texaco Fire 29.00 

and to meet this appropriation the sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty Seven Dollars (S767) 
be transferred from the Medicare Tax Account. 

A 9/10 vote is required. 
Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 17. To see if the Town will appropriate, transfer from available funds or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute a sum of money to supplement current fiscal year 
1997 appropriations. 

Transfer To Transfer From Amount 

Unemployment Medicare Tax $11,000.00 

Police General Expenses Medicare Tax 7,393.00 

Police Personal Service Medicare Tax 15,000.00 

Town Hall General Expense Town Hall Personal Services 14,020.00 



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MOVED: That the transfers set forth below be approved to supplement current fiscal 
year 1997 appropriations as indicated in the table set forth below: 

Transfer To Transfer From Amount 

Unemployment Medicare Tax Account $ 1 1 ,000 

Town Hall General Expense Town Hall Personal Services 14,020 

Police Overtime Medicare Tax Account 1 5,000 

Police Expenses Medicare Tax Account 7,393 

For a total transfers of $ 47,413 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 18. To see if the Town will appropriate, transfer from available funds, or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute the sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand and no/ 100 
Dollars) together with the amount of any grant received from the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts to be expended by the Board of Selectmen in conjunction with the Town of Hull for 
the purpose of improving the tidal gates at Straits Pond. 

MOVED: The sum of Fifteen Thousand and no/100 Dollars ($15,000) be transferred 
from Overlay Surplus Account to be expended by the Board of Selectmen, together with the 
amount of any grant received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the purpose of 
improving the tidal gates at Straits Pond in conjunction with the Town of Hull. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 19. To see if the Town will vote to amend the current schedule of water 
rates by adopting the following schedule of water rates. 

Rate #1 (Metered Residential and Non Residential) 

Size of Meter 

2nd step (3) 

5/8" 

3/4" 

1" 

1 1/2' 

2" 

3" 

4" 

6" 

Rate #2 (Town Hydrant fees) 

Charge/yr/hydrant $ 375.00 



Charge per quarter 


plus charge 


no multiplier 


m 


1st step (2) 


$ 29.00 




$4.07 


29.00 




4.07 


68.00 




4.07 


133.00 




4.07 


211.00 




4.07 


418.00 




4.07 


651.00 




4.07 


1,300.00 




4.07 



$5.52 


5.52 


5.52 


5.52 


5.52 


5.52 


5.52 


5.52 



Rate #3 (metered seasonal) 



plus Charge per 100 cf per quarter 
Annual charg e 1st step (2) 2nd step (3) 

$ 200.00 $ 4.07 $ 5.52 

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Rate #4 (Fire Service standby. Sprinklers and Hydrants) 



Size Main 


Annual Charge 


4" 


$ 375.00 


5" 


375.00 


6" 


375.00 


Other Fees 




Backflow testing per test 


$ 50.00 


Final reading 


25.00 


Turn on turn off 


35.00 


Frozen meter replacement 


75.00 


Inspection water installation 


35.00 



(1) Note: the quarterly minimum is per property, there is no "unit" multiplier. 

(2) The 1 st step rate begins at cf and ends at 2000 cf per quarter. 

(3) The 2nd step rate begins at 2000 cf per quarter. 

MOVED: That the schedule of water rates and other fees as set forth in the warrant be 
adopted, effective April 1, 1997. 

A quorum was questioned by Dominic Baccari. The tellers made a count of the gym- 
nasium and found only 95 voters present. Because of a lack of quorum, it was the unani- 
mous consent of the meeting at 5:30 p.m. to adjourn until Monday, March 31, 1997 at 7:30 
p.m. at the Cohasset High School Sullivan Gymnasium. 

On Monday, March 31,1 997 the Moderator and the Town Clerk arrived at the Cohasset 
High School Sullivan Gymnasium to continue this evening's session of the Annual and 
Special Town Meeting until Saturday, April 5, 1997 at 10 a.m. due to safety factors created 
by the snow emergency. 

Saturday, April 5, 1997 

Checkers previously appointed by the Town Clerk reported to work at 9:30 a.m. Tell- 
ers were appointed by the Moderator. The Moderator called the meeting to order at 10:30 
a.m. and a quorum of 100 was present at that time. A total of 230 registered voters checked 
in throughout the day. 

ARTICLE 19. was continued. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 20. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute the sum of $2,130,500 for 
designing, engineering, installing and constructing a 2 million gallon water storage tank, 
site work and improving the access road, installing and replacing pipes along portions of 
the following streets, Ripley Road, King Street, cleaning and relining pipes along portions 
of Atlantic Avenue and Jerusalem Road and cleaning, inspection, repairs and painting exist- 
ing 2 million gallon water storage tank as described as Phase III in the Tutela Engineering 
Water System Report dated October 1996. 



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MOVED: The sum of $2,130,500 be appropriated for the Water Commission to ex- 
pend for designing, engineering, installing and constructing a 2 million gallon water stor- 
age tank, site work and improving the access road, installing and replacing pipes along 
portions of the following streets, Ripley Road, King Street, cleaning and relining pipes 
along portions of Atlantic Avenue and Jerusalem Road and cleaning, inspection, repairs and 
painting existing 2 million gallon water storage tank as described as Phase III in the Tutela 
Engineering Water System Report dated October 1996, and said Water Commission is au- 
thorized to enter into any necessary contracts to carry out the foregoing; and to meet this 
appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to 
borrow such amount, which borrowing shall be repaid only by and from Water Department 
revenues. 

Motion to amend offered by Glenn Pratt: 

MOVED: That article 20 be amended by adding the words Scituate Hill in Line 3 
after the word Tank so that the article reads: 

ARTICLE 20. The sum of $2,130,500 be appropriated for the Water Commission to 
expend for designing, engineering, installing and constructing a 2 million gallon water stor- 
age tank to be located on Scituate Hill, site work and improving the access road, installing 
and replacing pipes along portions of the following streets, Ripley Road, King Street, cleaning 
and relining pipes along portions of Atlantic Avenue and Jerusalem Road and cleaning, 
inspection, repairs and painting existing 2 million gallon water storage tank as described as 
Phase III in the Tutela Engineering Water System Report dated October 1996, and said 
Water Commission is authorized to enter into any necessary contracts to carry out the fore- 
going; and to meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Se- 
lectmen, is authorized to borrow such amount, which borrowing shall be repaid only by and 
from Water Department revenues. 

Motion to amend is defeated. 

Vote on main motion a 2/3 vote is required. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 2L 

Name Address 

Pauline A. Keating 47 James Lane 

Avis Sweeney 480 Jerusalem Rd. 

Mary R Mack 309 South Main St. 

Frances P. Sargent 31 Mill Lane 

Joan M. Trask 55 Bancroft Rd. 

Harry A. Trask 55 Bancroft Rd. 

Marian Archer 41 Aaron River Rd. 

Austin O' Toole 13 Haystack Lane. 

Jack Wilson 6 Woodland Dr. 

Linda McCarthy 1 3 Short St. 

To see if the Town will authorize the Veterans Memorial Committee to commission a 
mural, to be painted in the Town Hall auditorium that memorializes the twenty-one Cohasset 
men who gave their lives in the service of their country in World War 1, World War II, Korea 
and Vietnam, and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow pursuant 
to any applicable statutes the sum of $1 5,000 for this art work. 

MOVED: That, Article 21 be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

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MOVED: That this Special Town Meeting be dissolved and proceed with the Annual 
Town Meeting. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 6. To see if the Town will assume liability in the manner provided in 
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 91 , Section 29, for all damages that may be incurred 
by work to be performed by the Department of Environmental Management of the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts for the improvement, development, maintenance and protec- 
tion of tidal and nontidal rivers and streams, harbors, tidewaters and foreshores along pub- 
lic beaches, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 91, Section 11, and 
authorize the Selectmen to execute a bond of indemnity therefor to the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts. 

MOVED: That the Town assume liability in the manner provided in Massachusetts 
General Laws, Chapter 9 1 , Section 29, for all damages that may be incurred by work to be 
performed by the Department of Environmental Management of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts for the improvement, development, maintenance and protection of tidal and 
nontidal rivers and streams, harbors, tidewaters and foreshores along public beaches, in 
accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 91, Section 11, and the Selectmen 
be and hereby are authorized to execute a bond of indemnity therefor to the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 7. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the 
approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of revenue 
for the fiscal year beginning July 1 , 1997, in accordance with the provisions of Massachu- 
setts' General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 4, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable 
within one year, and to renew any note or notes therefor. 

MOVED: That the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be 
authorized to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of revenue for the fiscal year 
beginning July 1 , 1997, in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, 
Chapter 44, Section 4, and to issue a note or notes therefor payable within one year, and to 
renew any note or notes therefor as may be given for any period less than one year in 
accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, section 17. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 8. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, the sum of One Hundred 
Sixty-Six Thousand, Eight , Hundred Sixty-Two and no/ 100 Dollars ($166,862.00) for the 
resurfacing of certain streets in the Town, including any work related thereto. 

MOVED: That the sum of One Hundred Sixty-Six Thousand, Eight Hundred Sixty 
Two and no/ 100 Dollars ($166,862.00) be appropriated from state receipts for the Board of 
Selectmen to expend for the resurfacing of certain streets in the Town, including any work 
related thereto, which sums represent the state funds allocated under Chapter 90 of the 
General Laws to the Town. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds or borrow pursuant to any applicable statutes, a sum of money for the pur- 
pose of funding an equipment replacement account for capital expenditures in accordance 
with the contract for the operation of the Water Department facilities. 



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MOVED: That the sum of One Hundred Thousand and no/1 00 Dollars ($ 1 00,000) be 
appropriated from FY 1 998 Water Department revenues to be used by the Water Commis- 
sion for the purpose of funding an equipment replacement account for capital expenditures 
in accordance with the contract for the operation of the Water Department facilities. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, the sum of Twenty-Six Thou- 
sand, Three Hundred Sixty-Eight and no/100 Dollars ($26,368.00) for the Water Commis- 
sion to purchase a water main and appurtenant easement from Elm Court to Atlantic Av- 
enue, to complete a loop to increase fire flow. 

MOVED: That the Water Commission be authorized to purchase a water main and 
appurtenant easement from Elm Court to Atlantic Avenue, to complete a water main loop to 
increase fire flow; and that Twenty-Six Thousand, Three Hundred Sixty-Eight and no/100 
Dollars ($26,368.00) be appropriated from FY 1998 Water Revenues for the Water Com- 
mission to expend for this purpose. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

The following proclamation was offered by Nancy Roth, member of the Board 
of Selectmen. 

WHEREAS, PETER J. PRATT has served the Town of Cohasset as a Water Com- 
missioner ft-om 1984 to 1986, on the Osgood school Re-use Committee in 1996 and 1997, 
and on the Board of Selectmen from 1994 to 1997; and 

WHEREAS, he has exerted great effort toward obtaining funding for the dredging of 
Cohasset Harbor; and 

WHEREAS, he has lent considerable expertise in the modernization and improve- 
ment of the Town's telecommunications systems, including oversight of the installation of 
the emergency 9-1-1 equipment; and 

WHEREAS, he has espoused numerous public issues with fervor and determination; 

Now, therefore be it resolved, that we, his fellow members of the Board of Selectmen, 
acknowledge with appreciation his efforts on behalf of the general welfare of the 
community. 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the TOWN OF COHASSET this fifth day of 
April, in the year One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Seven. 

Proclamation adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer ft-om 
available funds or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, the sum of Fifteen Thousand 
and no/100 Dollars ($15,000.00), of which Twelve Thousand and no/ 100 Dollars ($12,000.00) 
may be reimbursed to the Town from a grant ft-om the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, 
for the Water Resources Protection Committee, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
to expend, to conduct a public education and outreach project to the residents of the Aaron 
River and Lily Pond watersheds in Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, and Scituate, said project 
to include the updating of information and maps of the watersheds, development of public 
education materials, mailings, and other public informational and educational efforts. 

MOVED: That Article 11 be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 12. 

Name Address 

1 . Thomas S. Gruber 8 Pratt Court 

2. Laura Doherty 36 Cedar Acres Ln. 

3. John Doherty 36 Cedar Acres Ln. 

4. F. Roy Fitzsimmons 116 Doane Street 

5. Joanne F. Young 264 North Main St. 

6. Nancy O'Toole 13 Haystack Ln. 

7. Raymond Kasperowicz 172 South Main St. 

8. Tanna B. Kasperowicz 172 South Main St. 

9. Andrew R. Fitzsimmons 116 Doane St. 

10. Judith E. Fitzsimmons 116 Doane St. 

To see if the Town will vote to petition the General Court of the Commonwealth to 
enact, by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, a special 
act of the Legislature entitled 

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A TOWN MANAGER IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET, 
said special act to read as follows: 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, 
and the authority of the same, as follows: 

SECTION 1. Enactment 

Upon the effective date of this act, as hereinafter provided, the Town of Cohasset shall 
be governed by the provisions of this act. To the extent that the provisions of this act modify 
or repeal existing General Laws or special acts, or by the bylaws of the Town of Cohasset, 
this act will govern. 

SECTION 2. Election of Town Officers by Voters 

Upon the effective date of this act, the registered voters of the Town of Cohasset shall, 
in accordance with any applicable laws, bylaws, votes of the town, or interlocal agreement 
continue to elect the following: 

A. Selectmen 

B. Town Moderator 

C. Town Clerk 

D. School Committee 

E. Trustees of Paul Pratt Memorial Library 

F. Assessors 

G. Board of Health 

H. Cohasset Housing Authority 

I. Planning Board 

J. Recreation Commission 

K. Sewer Commissioners 

L. Water Commissioner 

The powers, duties and responsibilities of elected and appointed officials shall be as 
now or hereafter provided by applicable provisions of General laws, special acts, bylaws 
and votes of the town, except as otherwise expressly provided herein. 

Notwithstanding the election by the voters of the town of the officers named in this 
section, such officers shall be available to the town manager for consultation, conference 
and discussion on matters relating to their respective offices. The town manager may re- 
quire all such officials, except the selectmen, to prepare reports for the town manager nec- 
essary for the administration of any of his responsibilities. 



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SECTION 3. Powers and Duties of Selectmen 

A. The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Cohasset shall consist of five persons 
elected by the voters of the town. The term of each Board of Selectmen members shall not 
exceed three years. The Board of Selectmen will be required to annually elect a chairperson 
from among its members. The executive powers of the town shall be vested in the Board of 
Selectmen, who shall have all the powers given to Boards of Selectmen by the General 
Laws. The Board of Selectmen shall serve as the chief goal setting, and policy-making body 
of the town and as such shall not normally administer the day to-day affairs of the town. The 
Board of Selectmen shall act through the adoption of policy directives and guidelines which 
are to be implemented by the town manager and by other officers and employees appointed 
by or under its authority. 

B. The Board of Selectmen shall have the power to enact rules and regulations to 
implement policies and to issue interpretations of said rules and regulations. 

C. The Board of Selectmen shall exercise, through the town manager, general supervi- 
sion over all matters affecting the interests or welfare of the town. 

D. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint the town manager, town counsel, and assis- 
tant or special counsels and all members of committees, boards, and commissions except 
those appointed by the moderator, elected by the voters, or as otherwise appointed by by- 
law. They may make appointments to all positions and committees they create for special or 
general purposes. 

E. The Board of Selectmen shall have general administrative oversight of such boards, 
committees, positions, or commissions appointed by the Board of Selectmen. 

F. The Board of Selectmen shall have the responsibility and authority for licenses and 
other non personnel related quasi-judicial functions as provided by the General Laws and 
the Town of Cohasset bylaws. 

G. The Board of Selectmen shall be responsible for the preparation of all town meeting 
warrants. 

H. The Board of Selectmen shall review the annual proposed budget submitted by the 
town manager and make recommendations with respect thereto as they deem advisable. 
The town manager shall present the budget, incorporating the recommendations of the Se- 
lectmen, to the Advisory Committee and the town meeting. 

I. The Board of Selectmen, by a majority vote of its full membership, shall appoint a 
town manager who shall be a professionally qualified person especially fitted by education, 
training, and previous full-time experience to perform the duties of the oflTice. He shall be a 
citizen of the United States. The town may from time to time, by bylaw, establish such 
additional qualifications as seem necessary and appropriate. The Selectmen shall enter into 
a formal contract with the town manager, and may set a job description for the town man- 
ager which shall take precedence over any personnel bylaws. 

The town manager may be appointed for successive terms of office, no term of which 
shall be more than three years. Before entering upon the duties of his office, he shall be 
sworn in the presence of a majority of the Board of Selectmen, to the faithful and impartial 
performance thereof by the town clerk or a notary public. 

He shall execute a bond in favor of the Town of Cohasset for the faithful performance 
of his duties in such sums and with such sureties as may be fixed and approved by the Board 
of Selectmen, the cost for which will be borne by the town. 

No person holding elective or appointive office in the town shall within three years of 
holding such office be eligible to be appointed to the position of town manager. 

J. The Board of Selectmen, by a unanimous vote may remove the town manager. At 
least thirty days before such removal shall be effective, the Board of Selectmen shall file a 
preliminary written resolution with the town clerk setting forth in detail the specific reasons 
for the proposed removal, a copy of which resolution shall be delivered to the town manager. 



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The town manager may reply in writing to the resolution and may request a public 
hearing. If the town manager so requests, the select board shall hold a public hearing not 
earlier than fourteen days nor later than thirty days after the filing of such request. Follow- 
ing such public hearing or, if none, at the expiration of thirty days following the filing of the 
preliminary resolution the Board of Selectmen may suspend the town manager from duty. 
Nothing contained herein shall limit the authority of the Board of Selectmen to suspend or 
remove the town manager as provided by state law. Any suspension may be with or without 
pay. 

K. The Board of Selectmen shall set the compensation for the town manager, not to 
exceed an amount appropriated by the town meeting. 

L. The Board of Selectmen shall designate a qualified person to serve as acting town 
manager and to perform the duties of the office during any period of vacancy exceeding 
thirty days, caused by the manager's absence, illness, suspension, removal or resignation. 

SECTION 4. Powers and Duties of Town Manager 

A. The town manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the town and shall be 
responsible to the Board of Selectmen for the effective management of all town affairs 
placed in the manager's charge by this act, the Board of Selectmen, by bylaw, or vote of 
town meeting, and for the implementation of town policies placed in the manager's charge 
by the Board of Selectmen. 

The town manager shall devote his full working time to the duties of the office; and 
shall not engage in any business activity during his term, except with the written consent of 
the Board of Selectmen. 

B. The town manager shall be the chief financial officer of the town, and shall be 
responsible for the design and preparation of the annual budget, filing grant applications, 
and controlling budget expenditures, including approval of the warrants for the payment of 
town funds prepared by the town accountant in accordance with the provisions of section 
fifty-six of chapter forty-one of the General laws. Without limiting the generality of the 
foregoing the town manager shall have the following specific budgetary powers: 

1. The town manager shall submit to the Board of Selectmen a written proposed 
budget for town government for the ensuing fiscal year, including the budget as proposed 
by the school committee. The proposed budget shall detail all estimated revenue from all 
sources, and all proposed expenditures, including debt service for the previous, current, and 
ensuing years. It shall include proposed expenditures for both current operations and capital 
projects during the ensuing year, detailed by agency, department, committee, purpose, and 
position, together with estimated revenues and free cash available at the close of the fiscal 
year, including estimated balances in special accounts. The town may, by bylaw, establish 
additional financial information and reports to be provided by the town manager. 

2. The town manager shall report on the probable amount required to be levied and 
raised by taxation to defray all expenses and liabilities of the town together with an estimate 
of the tax rate necessary to raise such amount. 

3. The calendar dates on or before which the proposed budget, revenue statement, 
and tax rate are to be submitted to the Board of Selectmen, shall be thirty days prior to the 
date the budget is required to be submitted to the advisory board as specified by bylaw, 
action of the advisory board, or powers of the board of assessors. 

4. To assist the town manager in preparing the proposed annual budget of revenue 
and expenditures, all boards, officers, and committees of the town, including the school 
committee, shall furnish all relevant information in their possession and submit to the town 
manager, in writing in such form as the town manager shall establish, a detailed estimate of 
the appropriations required and available funds. 

5. The town manager shall submit annually to the Board of Selectmen a five year 
capital improvements program. 



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C. In addition to specific powers and duties provided by this act, the town manager 
shall have the powers and duties enumerated in this section: 

1. The town manager shall supervise all town departments under the jurisdiction of 
selectmen and direct the operation of the town. 

2. The town manager shall be responsible for coordination of operation and strategic 
planning for the town. 

3. The town manager shall appoint and may suspend or remove subject to the civil 
service law where applicable, all department heads, all officers, all subordinates and em- 
ployees of the town except those appointees for which another method of appointment is 
provided in this act, employees of the school committee, and appointments made by the 
commonwealth. 

Employees not protected by civil service law or union contract shall have the right to 
appeal the town manager's decision to discharge. Said appeal shall be initiated by filing a 
written notice of appeal with the town manager within ten calendar days after receiving 
notice of such discharge. Said appeal shall be conducted pursuant to the personnel bylaw 
and procedures of the personnel committee. 

Appointments made by the town manager of department heads shall become effective 
on the fifteenth day following the day notice of the appointment is filed with the Board of 
Selectmen or other relevant policy board unless the Board of Selectmen or other relevant 
policy board shall within that period, by a majority of its members present and voting, vote 
to reject the said appointment or removal. Within said fifteen day period the Board of Se- 
lectmen or the relevant policy board may by a majority of its members present and voting, 
vote to waive its power to reject the appointment where upon the appointment shall become 
effective immediately. 

4. The town manager, subject to any applicable provisions of the General Laws relat- 
ing thereto, may assume, temporarily, the duties of any office which the manager is autho- 
rized to fill by appointment: 

5. The town manager shall: 

a. Attend all meetings of the Board of Selectmen, except when excused, having the 
right to speak but not vote; and attend all annual and special town meetings and shall be 
permitted to speak when recognized by the moderator. 

b. Administer, either directly or through a person or persons appointed by him in 
accordance with this act, all provisions of General Laws and special acts applicable to the 
town, all town bylaws, and all regulations established by the Board of Selectmen. 

c. Be responsible for seeing that the budget is administered as adopted by the town 
meeting and in accordance with the General Laws, this act and bylaws. 

d. Keep the Board of Selectmen fully informed regarding all departmental opera- 
tions, fiscal affairs, general problems, and administrative actions, and to this end shall sub- 
mit periodic reports to the Board of Selectmen. 

e. Keep the Board of Selectmen informed regarding the availability of federal and 
state funds and how such funds might relate to unmet long-range needs. 

f Prepare applications for all town grants. 

g. Be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the town's personnel system, 
personnel evaluation policies, and practices, enforcement of labor contracts, labor rela- 
tions, collective bargaining and state and federal equal opportunities law compliance func- 
tions of the town. 

h. Negotiate collective bargaining contracts unless the select board designates an- 
other negotiator. 

i. Be responsible for the purchasing for all town functions and departments, pursu- 
ant to chapter 30B of the general laws, and all other applicable statutes, procedures, and 
bylaws. The town manager, shall at the request of the school committee, delegate such 



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duties for school department purchasing to an employee of the school committee as per the 
requirements of said chapter 30B. 

j. Coordinate the activities of any board, commission, and committee, concerned 
with long-range municipal planning, including physical or economic development, and en- 
vironmental or resource protection of the town. 

k. Manage and be responsible for all town buildings, property, and facilities, except 
those under the jurisdiction of the school committee, sewer commission, or water commis- 
sion, unless requested by those agencies. He shall, to these ends, develop, keep and annu- 
ally update a full and complete inventory of all property of the town, both real and personal. 

1. Distribute, or cause to be distributed, copies of the warrant for the annual town 
meeting to the residence of all registered voters of the town. 

m. Have the authority to sign payroll and accounts payable warrants concerning 
the everyday operation of the town. 

n. Upon request and with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, prosecute, de- 
fend, or compromise all litigation to which the town is party. 

o. Advise the Selectmen of all matters requiring action by them or by the town. 

p. Keep full and complete records of his office and annually submit to the Select- 
men, unless requested to do so more frequently, a full written report of the operations of the 
office. 

q. Perform such other duties as may be required by this act, bylaw, or vote of the 
Board of Selectmen. 

During his temporary absence, the town manager shall designate by letter filed with 
the Board of Selectmen, a qualified administrative employee or officer to exercise the pow- 
ers to perform the duties of town manager. 

The town may by bylaw, from time-to-time, establish such additional duties as neces- 
sary or appropriate, consistent with this act. 

SECTION 5. 

The town manager shall have access to all municipal books, papers and documents or 
information necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the town manager. The 
town manager may, without notice, cause the affairs of any division or department under 
the manager's supervision or the conduct of any officer or employee thereof to be exam- 
ined. 

SECTION 6. 

The organization of the town into operating agencies may be accomplished through 
either of the methods provided in this section. 

1 . Bylaws. Subject only to express prohibitions in the Constitution of the Common- 
wealth and general and special laws and provisions of this act, the Board of Selectmen or 
the town manager may petition the town meeting, and the town meeting may, by bylaw, 
reorganize, consolidate, or abolish any town agency, in whole or in part; establish such new 
town agencies as it deems necessary or advisable and may prescribe the functions of any 
such town agency; provided, however, that no function assigned by this act to a particular 
town agency may be discontinued or, unless the act specifically so provides, assigned to 
any other. 

2. Administrative Code. The Board of Selectmen, upon recommendation of the town 
manager, may from time to time adopt departmental rules and regulations and operating 
procedures for town agencies for the orderly, efficient or convenient conduct of the busi- 
ness of the town. Prior to the approval of such a plan the Board of Selectmen shall hold one 
or more public hearings on the proposal giving notice by publication in a newspaper of 



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general circulation in the town not less than seven days in advance, which notice shall 
describe the scope of the proposal and time and place at which the hearing shall be held. 
Following such public hearing, the Board of Selectmen shall be a vote of at least three of its 
members voting in the affirmative accept or reject the proposal in its entirety or as modi- 
fied. 

An organization or reorganization plan shall become effective at the expiration of 
ninety days following the date of the meeting of the Board of Selectmen at which the pro- 
posal is approved. The Board of Selectmen may through the administrative code, and sub- 
ject only to express prohibitions in the Constitution of the Commonwealth, General Laws 
and this act, reorganize, consolidate or abolish all town agencies in whole or in part; estab- 
lish such new town agencies as they deem necessary; and for such purpose may transfer the 
duties and powers and so far as is consistent with the use for which the funds were voted by 
the town, transfer the appropriation of one town agency to another; provided, however, that 
no function assigned by this act to a particular town agency may be discontinued, ,or, unless 
this act specifically so provides, assigned to any other. 

3. Special Legislation. Nothing contained herein shall limit the authority of the town 
to petition the general court for special legislation to organize operating agencies within the 
town. 

SECTION 7. 

All laws, bylaws, votes, rules and regulations whether enacted by authority of the 
town or any other authority, which are in force in the town of Cohasset on the effective date 
of this act, or any portion or portions thereof, not inconsistent with the provisions of this act, 
shall continue in full force and effect until otherwise provided by other law, bylaws, votes, 
rules and regulations, respectively. 

SECTION 8. 

No contract existing and no action at law or suit in equity, or other proceeding pending 
on the effective date of this act, or the time of revocation of such acceptance, shall be 
affected by such acceptance or revocation of this act. 

SECTION 9. 

Any person holding a town office or employment under the town shall retain such 
office or employment and shall continue to perform his duties until provisions shall have 
been made in accordance with this act for the performance of said duties by another person 
or agency. No person who continues in the permanent full-time service or employment of 
the town shall forfeit his pay grade or time in service. The position of executive administra- 
tor to the Board of Selectmen shall be terminated upon assumption. 

MOVED: That a petition be presented to the General Court of the Commonwealth 
requesting the enactment, by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court 
assembled, a special act of the Legislature entitled 

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A TOWN MANAGER IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET, 

said special act to read as set forth in a copy thereof on file with the office of the Town 
Clerk. 

Hand count ordered by the Moderator. Yes 75; No 61 
Motion is adopted. 



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After the lunch recess, the quorum was questioned by Ame Gjesteby. The tellers 
counted the gymnasium and determined that 106 voters were present. At this time Article 
3 1 was advanced for consideration. 



ARTICLE 31. 




Name 


Address 


1 . James Sandell 


24 Stevens Ln. 


2. Josiah Stevenson 


173 Hull St. 


3. Edward F. Woods 


23 1 Jerusalem Rd 


4. John L.Butler 


56 Margin St. 


5. Jacqueline C. Whipple 


119 No. Main St. 


6. Isabel C. Kelley 


76A Beach St. 


7. Dean Rizzo 


56 Spring St. 


8. Paula E. Logan 


121 Nichols Rd. 


9. Roger S. Whitley 


1 1 Cedar Ln. 


10. Daniel C. Cotton 


27 King St. 



To see if the Town will vote to place the following referendum question on the ballot 
for the May 3, 1997 town election: 

If the Greenbush Line Rail Service is restored in the Town do you favor locating the 
Commuter Rail Station in Cohasset Village. 



Yes 



No 



MOVED: To see if the Town will direct the Town Clerk to place the following 
non-binding public opinion advisory question on the ballot for the May 3, 1997 town 
election: 

This question is non-binding. If the Greenbush Line Rail Service is restored in the 
Town do you favor locating the Commuter Rail Station in Cohasset Village if recommended 
by a Town sponsored independent study which evaluates ihe environmental, economic, and 
social impacts of both the Village and Rt. 3 A sites. 



Yes 



No 



A hand count was order by the Moderator. Yes 52; No 78. 
Motion is defeated. 



ARTICLE 13. 




Name 


Address 


1 . James R. Lennon 


20 Tad Lane 


2. Jean L. Lennon 


20 Tad Lane 


3. Linda Hallom Reyer 


22 Tad Lane 


4. Victor A Reyer 


22 Tad Lane 


5. Diane C. Sullivan 


708 Jerusalem Rd 


6. John W. Sullivan 


708 Jerusalem Rd 


7. Antonino D'Urso 


85 Hull St. 


8. Terese D'Uruso 


85 Hull St. 


9. Maria A. Plante 


798 Jerusalem Rd 


10. Patrick A. Plante 


798 Jerusalem Rd 



To see if the Town will vote to authorize and direct the Board of Selectmen to study 
and investigate the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and benefits of taking by eminent domain 
the public drinking water supply system and services currently provided to residents in the 



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North part of Cohasset by the Massachusetts-American Water Company and to present to 
the Town a written report of the investigation, including recommendations, if any, for pub- 
He review at an open meeting of the Board of Selectmen no later than January 1, 1998; and 
to further see if the Town will vote to appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow 
a sum of money for the purpose of preparing the study. 

MOVED: That the Board of Selectmen study and investigate the feasibility, 
cost-eflfectiveness, and benefits of taking by eminent domain the public drinking water 
supply system and services currently provided to residents in the North part of Cohasset by 
the Massachusetts-American Water Company and to present to the Town a written report of 
the investigation, including recommendations, if any, for public review at an open meeting 
of the Board of Selectmen no later than January 1, 1998; and that the sum of $2,500 is 
hereby raised and appropriated from taxation and other general revenues of the town for the 
purpose of preparing the foregoing study. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 14. 






Name 


Address 


1. 


Ronald A. Massa 


140 No. Main St. 


2. 


Patricia A. Massa 


140 No. Main St. 


3. 


Maria A. Plante 


798 Jerusalem Rd. 


4. 


James P. Seppala 


134 No. Main St. 


5. 


Liane F. Seppala 


134 No. Main St. 


6. 


Susan Piepenbrink 


150 No. Main St. 


7. 


Frederick Piepenbrink 


150 No. Main St. 


8. 


Betty P. Enders 


150 No. Main St. 


9. 


Ronald Goodwill 


166SohierSt. 


10. 


Duncan T. McCormack 


107 Border St. 



To see if the Town will vote to freeze the rates and method of payment for use of the 
Recycling Transfer Facility to those in effect as of January 2, 1997. 
MOVED: That Article 14 be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

It was moved by Patience Towle that Article 12 be reconsidered. After discussion, she 
withdrew the motion, as it was determined that she was not on the prevailing side of Article 
12. 

ARTICLE 15. 



Name 

Ronald Goodwin 
Joe Laugelle 
Ronald A. Massa 
Patricia A. Massa 
Maria A. Plante 
Michael J. Barry 
Liane Seppala 
Jamie Seppala 
Jessica L. Snow 
Kenneth W. Snow 



Address 

166SohierSt. 
15 King St. 
140 No Main St. 
140 No Main St. 
798 Jerusalem Rd. 
29 Lamberts Ln. 
134 No. Main St. 
134 No. Main St. 
317 No. Main St. 
317 No. Main St. 



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To see if the Town will amend the Town Bylaws by inserting as Article III Section 2 (j) 
(xiii) the following: "Any change in fees or method of payment for use of the Recycling 
Transfer Facility shall be set by Town Meeting vote and not by Selectmen." 

MOVED: That the Town bylaws be amended by inserting as Article III Section 2 (j) 
(xiii) the following: "Any change in fees or method of payment for use of the Recycling 
Transfer Facility shall be set by Town Meeting vote and not by the Board of Selectmen." 

Motion is defeated. 



ARTICLE 16. 






Name 


Address 


1. 


John K. McNabb, Jr. 


53 Pond St. 


2. 


Constance M. Afshar 


141 So. Main St. 


3. 


James C. Kinch 


77 Forest Ave. 


4. 


Mary 0. Kelly 


247 Fairoaks Ln. 


5. 


Linda Keller 


2 Gushing Rd. 


6. 


Mary E. Gainor 


168SohierSt. 


7. 


Kevin F. O'Donnell 


1 96 Fairoaks Ln. 


8. 


Virginia 0. Ansbergs 


1 Grace Dr. 


9. 


Peter G. Whittemore 


47 Elm Court 


10. 


Robert M. Davenport 


17 Black Horse Ln 



To see if the Town will vote to petition the Massachusetts Legislature to adopt the 
following special legislation or legislation substantially similar to the following: 

AN ACT TO REQUIRE A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF 
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PRIOR TO APPROVAL OF THE CLOSURE AND 
POST-CLOSURE PLANS FOR A PRIVATE LANDFILL LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF 
COHASSET. 

Section 1. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, the Department 
of Environmental Protection shall not approve plans for the closure or post-closure of a 
private landfill located in the Town of Cohasset until such time as the Department has held 
a public hearing in the Town of Cohasset and has accepted public comments for a thirty (30) 
day period on said plans and includes in the Department decision on said plans the re- 
sponses of the Department to all public comments received. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon enactment. 

MOVED: That a petition be presented to the General Court of the Commonwealth 
requesting the enactment, by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court 
assembled, of a special act of the Legislature to read substantially as follows (it being the 
intent of the town to authorize the Board of Selectmen to make constructive changes in 
perfecting the language of this legislation in order to secure passage within the scope of the 
general public objectives of this home rule petition): 

AN ACT TO REQUIRE A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF 
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PRIOR TO APPROVAL OF THE CLOSURE AND 
POST CLOSURE PLANS FOR ANY PRIVATELY OWNED LANDFILL LOCATED IN 
THE TOWN OF COHASSET 

Section 1. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, the Department 
of Environmental Protection shall not approve plans for the closure or post-closure of any 
privately owned landfill located in the Town of Cohasset until such time as the Department 
has (i) held a public hearing in the Town of Cohasset; (ii) has accepted public comments for 



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a thirty (30) day period on said plans and (iii) includes in the Department's decision with 
respect to said plans the responses of the Department to all public comments received. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon enactment. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 17. 






Name 


Address 


1. 


John K. McNabb, Jr. 


53 Pond St. 


2 


Linda Keller 


2 Gushing R. 


3. 


Mary E. Gainor 


168SohierSt. 


4. 


Kevin F. O'Donnell 


196 Fair Oaks Ln. 


5. 


Constance M. Afshar 


141 So. Main St. 


6. 


James C. Kinch 


77 Forest Ave. 


7. 


Mary 0. Kelly 


247 Fairoaks Ln. 


8. 


Peter G. Whittemore 


47 Elm Court 


9. 


Virginia 0. Ansbergs 


1 Grace Dr. 


10. 


Michael F. McNabb 


662 Jerusalem Rd. 



To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 34 of Article VII of the General Bylaws 
by striking the final sentence which reads as follows: "To the extent that any portion of this 
Bylaw conflicts with laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or regulations promul- 
gated thereunder, such statutes or regulations shall prevail;" and by inserting in place thereof 
the following new sentence: "This Section is adopted pursuant to the Home Rule Amend- 
ment of the Massachusetts Constitution and the Home Rule statues, independent of the 
provisions of Section 1 50A of Chapter 1 1 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and regula- 
tions promulgated thereunder. 

MOVED: That Section 34 of Article VII of the General Bylaws of the tov^ be amended 
by striking the final sentence which reads as follows: ""To the extent that any portion of this 
Bylaw conflicts with laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or regulations promul- 
gated thereunder, such statutes or regulations shall prevail;" and by inserting in place thereof 
the following new sentence: "This Section is adopted pursuant to the Home Rule Amend- 
ment of the Massachusetts Constitution and the Home Rule statues, independent of the 
provisions of Section 150A of Chapter 1 1 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and regula- 
tions promulgated thereunder. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 18. 




Name 


Address 


1 . Deborah Niessink 


40 Forest Ave. 


2. Leonora C. Jenkins 


198 Jerusalem Rd. 


3. Cynthia A. Dedes 


207 So. Main St. 


4. Tanna B. Kasperowicz 


172 So. Main St. 


5. Dorothy Robey 


12 Ledge Way 


6. Patricia Lambert 


35 Norman Todd Way 


7. Louise G. Littlehale 


100 Pond St. #50 


8. Bemadette Faulkner 


19 Heather Dr. 


9. Nancy O'Toole 


13 Haystack Ln. 


10. Lynne Sheridan 


60 King St. 



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An article to be included in the Annual Town Meeting Warrant directing the Selectmen 
to provide decorative holiday lighting on a multitude of trees on the Town Common during 
the period of time that is allowed under Section 6 of the Zoning Bylaws, Paragraph 6.3.2.2 
for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors to the Town of Cohasset. 

MOVED: That Article 40 of the March 25, 1995 Annual Town Meeting be amended 
as follows: 

a) by inserting such Article 40 into the Bylaws of the Town as Article III (Elected 
Town officers). Section (Board of Selectmen), subsection (j), new subsubsection W 

b) by changing the word "holiday" to "decorative" 

c) by adding the word "duration," after the word "form" 

d) by adding a new sentence "Nothing contained herein shall limit the lighting being 
displayed, during the period that is allowed under Section 6 of the Zoning Bylaws, Para- 
graph 6.3.2.2, for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors to the Town of Cohasset. 

Motion is adopted. 



ARTICLE 19. 






Name 


Address 


1. 


F. Roy Fitzsimmons 


116DoaneSt. 


2. 


Eunice Brownell 


164BeechwoodSt. 


3. 


Joanne S. Young 


264 No. Main St. 


4. 


Alexander C. Koines 


380 Atlantic Ave. 


5. 


Thomas R. Jerome 


268 Beechwood St. 


6. 


John Doherty 


36 Cedar Acres Ln. 


7. 


Norman F. Knight 


195 Jerusalem Rd. 


8. 


John Ford 


30 Parker Ave. 


9. 


Marjorie L. Smith 


400 Atlantic Ave. 


10. 


Lenora C. Jenkins 


198 Jerusalem Rd. 



An Article to be placed on the next Town Meeting Warrant to see if the Town will vote 
to petition the general court for enactment of special legislation that reads as follows: 

Be it enacted as follows: 

SECTION 1. Any holder of an elective office in the Town of Cohasset may be re- 
called and removed therefrom by the qualified voters of the town as herein provided. 

SECTION 2. Any qualified voter of the town may make and file with the town clerk 
an affidavit containing the name of the officer sought to be removed and a statement of the 
grounds of removal. The town clerk shall thereupon deliver to the voter making such affida- 
vit a sufficient number of copies of petition blanks for such recall and removal. Said blanks 
shall be issued by the town clerk with his signature and official seal attached thereto; and 
shall be dated and addressed to the selectmen. Said blanks shall contain the name of the 
person to whom issued, the number of blanks so issued, the name of the person sought to be 
removed, the office from which recall is sought, the grounds of removal as stated in said 
affidavit, and shall demand the election of a successor to such office. A copy of the petition 
shall be entered in a record book to be kept in the office of the town clerk. Said recall 
petition shall be returned and filed with the town clerk within fourteen days after the filing 
of the affidavit. Said petition before being returned and filed shall be signed by qualified 
voters of the town equal in number to at least twenty percent of the qualified voters of the 
town as of the date such affidavit was filed with the town clerk. 

SECTION 3. If the petition shall be found and certified by the town clerk to be 
sufficient, the clerk shall submit the same with his certificate to the selectmen without de- 
lay, and the selectmen shall forthwith give written notice to said officer of the receipt of said 
certificate and shall, if the officer sought to be removed does not resign within five days 



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thereafter, thereupon order a removal election to be held on, a day fixed by them not less 
than 61 days after the date of the town clerk's certificate that a sufficient petition is filed; 
provided, however, that if any other town election is to occur within 1 00 days after the date 
of said certificate, the selectmen may, in their discretion, postpone the holding of the re- 
moval election to the date of such other election. If a vacancy occurs in said office after a 
removal election has been so ordered, the election shall nevertheless proceed as provided in 
this section. 

SECTION 4. Any officer who has been removed by a vote of the removal election 
may be a candidate to succeed himself in an election to be held to fill such vacancy which 
shall be held concurrently with the election. The nomination of all candidates, the publica- 
tion of the warrant for the removal election and any election to fill a vacancy caused by a 
removal election, and the conduct of the same, shall all be in accordance with the provisions 
of law relating to elections, unless otherwise provided in this act. A majority of those voting 
at the removal election shall be sufficient to recall such elected officer. 

SECTION 5. The incumbent shall continue to perform the duties of his office until 
the removal election. If said incumbent is not removed, he shall continue in office for the 
remainder of his unexpired term, subject to recall as before. If said incumbent is removed in 
the removal election, he shall be deemed removed and the election held concurrently shall 
elect a qualified successor, who shall hold office during the unexpired term. 

MOVED: That a petition be presented to the General Court of the Commonwealth 
requesting the enactment, by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court 
assembled, of a special act of the Legislature to read substantially as follows (it being the 
intent of the town to authorize the Board of Selectmen to make constructive changes in 
perfecting the language of this legislation in order to secure passage within the scope of the 
general public objectives of this home rule petition): 

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR RECALL ELECTIONS IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET 

SECTION 1. Any holder of an elective office in the Town of Cohasset may be re- 
called and removed there from by the qualified voters of the town as herein provided. 

SECTION 2. Any qualified voter of the town may make and file with the town clerk 
an affidavit containing the name of the officer sought to be removed and a statement of the 
grounds of removal. The town clerk shall thereupon deliver to the voter making such affida- 
vit a sufficient number of copies of petition blanks for such recall and removal. Said blanks 
shall be issued by the town clerk with his signature and official seal attached thereto; and 
shall be dated and addressed to the selectmen. Said blanks shall contain the name of the 
person to whom issued, the number of blanks so issued, the name of the person sought to be 
removed, the office from which recall is sought, the grounds of removal as stated in said 
affidavit, and shall demand the election of a successor to such office. A copy of the petition 
shall be entered in a record book to be kept in the office of the town clerk. Said recall 
petition shall be returned and filed with the town clerk within fourteen days after the filing 
of the affidavit. Said petition before being returned and filed shall be signed by qualified 
voters of the town equal in number to at least twenty percent of the qualified voters of the 
town as of the date such affidavit was filed with the town clerk. 

SECTION 3. If the petition shall be found and certified by the town clerk to be 
sufficient, the clerk shall submit the same with his certificate to the selectmen without de- 
lay, and the selectmen shall forthwith give written notice to said officer of the receipt of said 
certificate and shall, if the officer sought to be removed does not resign within five days 
thereafter, thereupon order a removal election to be held on, a day fixed by them not less 
than 61 days after the date of the town clerk's certificate that a sufficient petition is filed; 
provided, however, that if any other town election is to occur within 100 days after the date 
of said certificate, the selectmen may, in their discretion, postpone the holding of the re- 



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moval election to the date of such other election. If a vacancy occurs in said office after a 
removal election has been so ordered, the election shall nevertheless proceed as provided in 
this section. 

SECTION 4. Any officer who has been removed by a vote of the removal election 
may be a candidate to succeed himself in an election to be held to fill such vacancy which 
shall be held concurrently with the election. The nomination of all candidates, the publica- 
tion of the warrant for the removal election and any election to fill a vacancy caused by a 
removal election, and the conduct of the same, shall all be in accordance with the provisions 
of law relating to elections, unless otherwise provided in this act. A majority of those voting 
at the removal election shall be sufficient to recall such elected officer. 

SECTION 5. The incumbent shall continue to perform the duties of his office until 
the removal election. If said incumbent is not removed, he shall continue in office for the 
remainder of his unexpired term, subject to recall as before. If said incumbent is removed in 
the removal election, he shall be deemed removed and the election held concurrently shall 
elect a qualified successor, who shall hold office during the unexpired term. 

Motion is defeated. 

ARTICLE 20. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town' s Zoning Bylaws by 
adding a new Section 15, with text reading as, follows: 

SECTION 15 REDEVELOPMENT 

15.1 Definitions 

Redevelopment District: An option which permits an applicant to replace lawfully 
existing, non-conforming structures containing nonconforming uses in a residential district 
with single-family and multifamily dwellings on a lot with reduced lot area, set-backs and 
frontage requirements, and to increase the density thereby. 

15.2 Purpose 

(In addition to the general purposes set out in G.L. Ch. 40A and the Town of Cohasset 
Zoning Bylaw): 

15.12.1 - The Planning Board may grant a special permit for the redevelopment of a 
lot in any of the Residential Districts for the following purposes: 

A.) To encourage lot owners with nonconforming structures containing nonresi- 
dential uses to convert said lots to residential use; 

B.) To remove non-conforming structures and uses from the Residential Districts; 

C.) To promote diverse and energy-efficient housing at a variety of costs: 

D.) To encourage creativity in the design of developments through a carefully 
controlled process; 

E.) To provided an efficient procedure to ensure appropriate, high quality design 
and site planning, and to enhance the neighborhoods in which they occur, and to the Town 
as a whole; 

F.) To provide for the more suitable location of on-site sanitary facilities and 
dwellings. 

15.3 Procedures 

15.3.1 Filing of Application 

Each application for a special permit to redevelop shall be filed with the Planning 
Board, with a copy filed forthwith with the Town Clerk, and shall be accompanied by eight 
(8) copies of a preliminary plan of the entire tract under consideration, prepared by a profes- 
sional architect, engineer, and landscape architect. 

15.3.2 Said application and plan shall be prepared in accordance with requirements 
for a preliminary subdivision plan in the Rules and Regulations of the Planning Board 
governing subdivision of land, whether or not the development constitutes a subdivision. 



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and shall include a proposed location, bulk and height of all proposed buildings. In addi- 
tion, the applicant shall provide the following information. 

A.) An analysis of the site, including wetlands, slopes, soil conditions, areas within 
the 100-year flood, trees over eight (8) inches in diameter, and such other natural features as 
the Planning Board may request. 

B.) A summary of the environmental concerns relating to the proposed plan. 

C.) A description of the neighborhood in which the tract lies, including utilities and 
other public facilities, and the impact of the proposed plan upon them. 

D.) Design characteristics shall be stated in the application and shall include, but 
not be limited to, building material, architectural design, streets, site and building landscap- 
ing. 

15.3.3 Review of Other Boards 

Within seven (7) days, after receipt of the application, the Board shall transmit cop- 
ies thereof, together with copies of the accompanying plan, to the following boards, which 
may review it jointly or separately: the Board of Health, the Design Review Board, the 
Conservation Commission, and other boards the Planning Board may deem appropriate. 
Any such board or agency to which petitions are referred for review shall submit such 
recommendations in writing as it deems appropriate to the Planning Board. Failure to make 
recommendations by any such within thirty-five (35) days of receipt shall be deemed lack 
of opposition by such board. 

15.3.4 Definitive Redevelopment 

After the opportunity for review by other boards has taken place, the applicant shall 
submit to the Planning Board eight (8) definitive plans and other plans heretofore men- 
tioned within ten ( 1 0) days of the expiration of the previous thirty-five (35) days as set forth 
in Section 15.3.3. 

15.3.5 Public Hearing 

The Planning Board shall hold a hearing under this section, in conformity with the 
G.L. Ch. 40A, Section 9, and of the Zoning Bylaw and Rules and Regulations of the Plan- 
ning Board. The hearing shall be held within sixty-five (65) days after filing of the applica- 
tion and preliminary plans with the Board and the Clerk. Notice shall be given by publica- 
tion and posting, and by first-class mailings to all parties in interest" as defined in G.L. Ch. 
40A, Section 1 1 . The decision of the Board, and any extension, modification, or renewal 
thereof, shall be filed with the Board and Clerk within ninety (90) days following the clos- 
ing of the public hearing. Failure of the Board to act within ninety (90) days, shall be deemed 
a grant of the permit applied for. Issuance of the permit requires a two thirds (2/3) vote of all 
members of boards over five (5) members, four (4) members of a five (5) member board, 
and unanimous vote of a three (3) member board. 

15.3.6 Relations to Subdivision Control Act (where applicable) 

A special permit issued hereunder by the Planning Board shall not be a substitute for 
compliance with the Planning Board Rules and Regulations or the Subdivision Control Act, 
where applicable. The Planning Board by granting a special permit is not obligated to ap- 
prove any definitive plan, nor reduce any time periods for the Board's consideration, under 
the Subdivision Control Act. However, in order to facilitate processing, the Planning Board 
may accept a combined plan and application which shall satisfy this section. The Planning 
Board Rules and Regulations and the Subdivison Control Act. 

15.4 Uses 

The permitted uses in the Redevelopment District may include single-family homes 
and/or multifamily homes. 

15.5 Minimum Dimensional Requirements 

15.5.1 - The area of the lot to be redeveloped shall contain no less than the area 
required for a conforming lot as set forth in Section 5.3. 1 of the Bylaw. 



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15.5.2 - Every building shall be limited to thirty-five (35) feet in height. 

15.5.3 - No building may exceed a gross square foot exterior area of one thousand 
eight hundred (1,800) square feet. 

15.5.4 - Each building or lot shall contain a site which, subject to approval of the 
Board of Health, may be suitable for an on-site septic disposal system, or has adequate 
provisions for sewage. 

15.5.5 - If the tract falls within two (2) zones, the area requirement for the larger 
zone shall be used, in accordance with paragraph A above. 

15.5.6 - The redevelopment project, when complete, must contain at least ten (10) 
percent more open space than the existing use, and the plan submitted in accordance with 
Sections 15.3. Id, 15.3.4 "Procedures," shall delineate open space area. 

15.6 Setbacks 

15.6.1 - Redevelopment dwelling units and other structures in the project shall be 
exempt from the set-back dimension set forth in the Bylaw under the following conditions: 

A.) The applicant can show, through affirmative evidence that the existing non- 
conforming use violates applicable setback requirements. 

B.) The proposed redevelopment project will be more consistent with the pur- 
poses and intent of the set-back provision of the Bylaw than the existing use. 

C.) Relief, if approved, in one form of a special permit will not cause substantial 
detriment to the public good or impair the purposes and intent of this Bylaw. 

15.7 Density 

15.7.1 - The maximum number of units of residential dwelling which may be built 
within the Redevelopment District shall be determined as follows: 

A.) The gross square feet area of interior space of the existing non-conforming 
structure shall be determined and reported by a professional architect or engineer. 

B.) All levels of floor space shall be included in one report, except for basement 
levels and attic levels. In the event that any basement level is a "walk-out" level on at least 
one side, then this subsection shall not apply thereto. Any attic space which can be shown to 
have housed a particular use, and which was serviced by heat or plumbing, shall also be 
exempt from this section. 

C.) The gross square feet area of interior space of the existing structure shall be 
the maximum allowable interior space area for these proposed redevelopment units. 

D.) The combined redevelopment units' interior areas where such units constitute 
muhifamily dwellings may not exceed the area described subparagraph (a) of this sub-section. 

E.) In no event shall any redevelopment project contain more than ten (10) units 
for every lot containing the minimum dimensional requirements for area as set forth in 
Section 5.3.1 of the Bylaw. 

F.) The applicant must provide for open space within the redevelopment project 
as described in Section 15.5 "Minimum Dimensional Requirements." 

G.) The applicant must consider setting aside ten (10) percent of the units pro- 
posed in the redevelopment project for handicapped or low and/or moderate income per- 
sons, and shall be required to certify that such set aside has been considered. 

H.) The applicant shall provide for improved vehicle access and egress over the 
existing conditions for same, and, where appropriate as determined by the Planning Board, 
shall provide shelter-type structures for public transportation users with the redevelopment. 

15.8 Design Standards 

15.8.1 - The structures shall provide for an effective and unified treatment of the 
residential development possibilities on the project site, making appropriate provision for 
the preservation of natural features and amenities of the site and the surrounding area. 

15.8.2 - All structures in the layout and design shall be an integral part of the devel- 
opment, and have convenient access to and from adjacent uses and roadways. 



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15.8.3 - Individual structures shall be related to each other in design, masses, mate- 
rials, placement, and connections to provide a visually and physically integrated develop- 
ment. 

15.8.4 - All structures shall be arranged so as to preserve visual and audible privacy 
between adjacent structures, and shall be adaptable for use by solar energy users within the 
development. 

15.8.5 - The architectural theme of a multifamily dwelling shall be carried out by 
use of compatible building materials, color,, exterior detailing, bulk,, and/or roof lines. 

15.8.6 - No dwelling unit in any structure of two (2) or more dwelling units shall be 
designed, constructed, or altered to have more than three (3) bedrooms. For the purposes of 
this provision, each room in excess of four (4) rooms, exclusive of bathrooms, closets, or 
other small service rooms of less than forty-eight (48) square feet, shall be considered a 
bedroom. 

1 5.9 Landscape Design Standards . 

15.9. 1 - Whenever appropriate, existing trees and vegetation shall be preserved and 
integrated into the landscape design plan. 

15.9.2 - Whenever possible, the existing terrain shall be preserved and earth moving 
shall be kept to a minimum. 

15.9.3. - For active recreation areas, the Planning Board may require a buffer zone 
of a minimum of fifty (50) feet, where said active recreation area adjoins land not part of the 
Redevelopment District. 

1 5.9.4 - Suitable indigenous shrubs and other plant material may by used for screen- 
ing. Lands used for buffer may be maintained as common open space or as private open 
space, subject to a deed restriction. 

15.10.1 Parking and Circulation Design Standards 

There shall be an adequate, safe, and convenient arrangement of pedestrian circula- 
tion facilities, roadways, driveways, and off-street parking. 

15. 1 0.2 - Off-street parking standards shall be determined by the Planning Board on 
a case-by-case basis. 

15.10.3 - Parking facilities shall be designed with careful regard to arrangement 
topography, landscaping, ease of access and shall be developed as an integral part of an 
overall site design. 

15.11 Construction in the Flood Plain 

15.11.1 - The Planning Board may approve the construction of buildings in the flood 
plain and watershed protection district. The applicant shows by aflfirmative evidence that: 

A.) The land is not subject to wave damage or unsuitable for the proposed use 
because of drainage conditions; 

B.) The proposed construction, use, and/or change in grade will not obstruct or 
divert flood flow or reduce natural flood storage capacity to the extent of substantially 
raising the high water level in the same or adjoining districts; 

C.) The proposed system of drainage and/or private sewage disposal will not 
cause pollution or otherwise endanger property or the public health. 

15.12 Ownership 

15.12.1 - The open land, and such other facilities as may be held in common shall be 
conveyed in one of the following manners, as determined by the Planning Board: 

(A.) In general, valuable natural resource land such as wetlands not suitable for 
any public use, or suitable for extensive public recreational use, should be conveyed to the 
Town or to a trust; whereas land which will be principally used by the residents of the 
redevelopment should be conveyed to a homeowner's association. 

a. To a corporation or trust comprising a homeowners association whose mem- 
bership includes the owners of all lots or units contained in the tract. The developer shall be 



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responsible for the maintenance of the common land, and any other facilities to be held in 
common, until such time as the homeowners association is capable of assuming said re- 
sponsibility. In order to ensure that the association will properly maintain the land deeded to 
it under this section, the developer shall cause to be recorded at the Norfolk Registry of 
Deeds a Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions which shall, at a minimum, provide for 
mandatory membership in an established homeowners association as a requirement of own- 
ership of any lot or unit in the tract. 

15.13 Further Requirements 

15.13.1 - No use other than residential shall be permitted, except that the Planning 
Board may authorize the use of a single unit at any one time as a model exclusively for the 
subject development and as a sales office for a period of time not to exceed one (1 ) year. 

15.13.2 - No lot shown on a plan for which a permit is granted under this section 
may be further subdivided, and a notation to this effect shall be shown upon the plan. 

1 5. 1 3.3 - No certificates of occupancy shall be issued by the Building Inspector until 
he has certified to the Planning Board that the structures have been built in accordance with 
the plan approved by the Board hereunder. 

15.13.4 - The Planning Board may impose other conditions, safeguards limitations 
on time and use, pursuant to its Regulations. 

15.13.5 - Except insofar as the subdivision, if applicable is given five (5) years pro- 
tection under G.L. Ch. 40A Section 6, the special permit granted under this section shall 
lapse within two (2) years, excluding time required to pursue or await the determination of 
an appeal, from the grant thereof, if a substantial use has not sooner commenced or if con- 
struction has not begun, except that the Planning Board may grant an extension for good 
cause, and shall grant an extension if the delay was caused by the need to seek other permits. 

1 5. 1 3.6 - Subsequent to granting of the permit, the Planning Board may permit relo- 
cation of lot lines and/or buildings within the redevelopment. However, any change in over- 
all density, street layout, or open space layout will require further hearings. 

15.13.7 - Except as specified in a special permit granted under this section, all re- 
quirements of the Zoning Bylaw shall be in full force and effect. 

15.14 Findings of the Board. 

15.14. 1 - The Board may grant a special permit under this section only if it finds that 
the applicant has demonstrated the following: 

That the cluster plan will be in harmony with the general purpose of the Bylaw and 
the requirements of G. L. Ch. 40A and the long range plan of the Town (if any); that it will 
not have a detrimental impact on the neighborhood; that it will be designed with due con- 
sideration for health and safety; and that it is superior to a conventional plan in minimizing 
environmental disruption, allowing for more efficient provision of services, or allowing for 
greater variety in prices or types of housing. 

15.14.2 - In connection with issuing or denying a special permit under this section, 
the Planning Board shall issue to the applicant and shall file with the Town Clerk a written 
decision which shall include: 

A.) A copy of the subdivision plan where applicable and site plan. 
B.) A finding that the plan is submitted pursuant to this section in harmony with 
the purposes and intent of the zoning bylaw and this section; 

C.) A list of any conditions imposed by the Planning Board if the Planning Board 
disagrees with the recommendations of the Conservation Commission or the Board of Health, 
it shall state its reasons therefor in writing. 

MOVED: That the Town's Zoning Bylaws be amended by adding a new Section 15 
thereto, with text reading as printed in the warrant. 
A 2/3 vote is required. 
Motion is defeated. 



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ARTICLE 21. To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the 
Acts of 1986 to grant an additional real estate tax exemption of not more than fifty (50%) 
percent. Such additional exemption may be granted to persons who qualify for property tax 
exemption under clauses 17, 17C1/2, 17D,22,22A,22B,22C,22D,22E, 37,37A,41,41B, 
41C, 42 and 43 of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws. 

MOVED: That Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the Acts of 1986 be accepted and an addi- 
tional real estate tax exemption of fifty (50%) percent be established for those persons who 
qualify for property tax exemption under Clauses 17, 17C1/2, 17D, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 
22D, 22E, 37, 37A, 41, 418, 41C, 42 and 43 of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of the Massachu- 
setts General Laws. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from avail- 
able funds, or borrow pursuant to any applicable statutes the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand 
and no/ 100 ($25,000.00) Dollars for the purpose of adding to and supplementing funds 
approved under Article 8 of Town Meeting of 1995, such sum to be used for the purpose of 
designing, permitting, bid process, supervising, and overseeing the construction phase of 
the reconstruction of the Beechwood Street culvert over Bound Brook. 

MOVED: That the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand and no/ 100 Dollars ($25,000.00) 
be appropriated for the purpose of adding to and supplementing funds approved under Ar- 
ticle 8 of 1995 Annual Town Meeting, such sum to be used by the Board of Selectmen for 
the purpose of designing, permitting, bid process, supervising, and overseeing the construc- 
tion phase of the reconstruction of the Beechwood Street culvert over Bound Brook; and to 
meet such appropriation Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) be transferred from Overlay 
Surplus account and Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) be transferred from Surplus 
Revenues. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 23. To see if the Town will vote to accept a gift from Janet Best Lane et al, 
of a parcel of land designated on Plan 65, Lot 19, on the Cohasset Assessors' Maps, title to 
which is recorded in Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Book 4418, Page 318, for conser- 
vation purposes, and to transfer such land to the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commis- 
sion. 

MOVED: That a gift from Janet Best Lane et al, of a parcel of land designated on Plan 
65, Lot 19, on the Cohasset Assessors' Maps, title to which is recorded in Norfolk County 
Registry of Deeds, Book 44 1 8, Page 3 1 8, be accepted for conservation purposes, provided, 
however, that donor supply an attomeys certificate of good title in the name of donor; that 
upon completion of the gift described herein such land be transferred to the jurisdiction of 
the Conservation Commission, and that, to carry out the foregoing, the sum of Two Hun- 
dred Ninety Six Dollars and no/1 00 ($296) be raised and appropriated from the tax levy and 
other general revenues of the Town. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 
Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 24. To see if the Town will vote to amend Article VII "Safety and Public 
Order" of the Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset by deleting Section 3 1 in its entirety and 
inserting the following new Section 3 1 : 

All residents of the Town using the Cedar Street Recycling Station shall be required to 
recycle bulky plastics, metal goods, cans and household hazardous waste materials; and 
further, the Board of Selectmen is authorized and directed to promulgate rules and regula- 



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tions in connection with the management and administration of the mandatory recycling 
program, to take effect on such date as determined by the Board of Selectmen. 

MOVED: That Article VII "Safety and Public Order" of the Bylaws of the Town of 
Cohasset by deleting Section 3 1 in its entirety and inserting the following new Section 3 1 : 

Section 3 1 . All residents of the Town using the Cedar Street Recycling Station shall be 
required to recycle bulky plastics, metal goods, cans and household hazardous waste mate- 
rials; and further, the Board of Selectmen is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations 
in connection with the management and administration of the mandatory recycling pro- 
gram, to take effect on such date as determined by the Board of Selectmen. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 25. To see if the Town will vote to accept a permanent real estate ease- 
ment and maintain a sign post on an island at the intersection of Gammons and Jerusalem 
Roads, now known as Peter J. Albiani Square, over land of John D. Covell and Gillene P. 
Covell, 77 Jerusalem Road, more particularly described on the grantor's deed recorded in 
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Book 9755, Page 657. 

MOVED: That a gift of a permanent real estate easement located at the traffic island 
at the intersection of Gammons and Jerusalem Roads, now known as Peter J. Albiani Square, 
over land of John D. Covell and Gillene P. Covell, 77 Jerusalem Road, more particularly 
described on the grantor's deed recorded in Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Book 9755, 
Page 657, be accepted. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 26. To see if the Town will vote to amend Article II of the General Bylaws 
of the Town by adding the following new paragraph: 

(n) Whenever a two-thirds vote is required by statute, such vote may be declared as 
such by the Moderator without a count and be recorded as such by the Clerk upon such 
declaration; provided, however, that seven (7) or more members of a town meeting may 
challenge such declaration, at which time a count shall be held. 

MOVED: That Article II of the General Bylaws of the Town by adding the following 
new paragraph: 

(n) Whenever a two-thirds vote is required by statute, such vote may be declared as 
such by the Moderator without a count and be recorded as such by the Clerk upon such 
declaration; provided, however, that seven (7) or more members of a town meeting may 
challenge such declaration, at which time a count shall be held; 

and further, pursuant to chapter 448 of the Acts of 1 996, the governing procedure for 
this Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting shall be that, whenever a two-thirds vote is 
required by statute, such vote may be declared as such by the Moderator without a count 
and be recorded as such by the Clerk upon such declaration; provided, however, that seven 
(7) or more members of a town meeting may challenge such declaration, at which time a 
count shall be held. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 27. To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Selectmen, acting 
through the Wire Department Superintendent, to establish regulations pertinent to, and a fee 
schedule for the operation of fire alarms within the Town of Cohasset, and for the signaling 
and/or transmission of false alarms to the Cohasset Fire Department. 

MOVED: That the Board of Selectmen, acting through the Wire Department Super- 
intendent, is hereby authorized to establish rules and regulations pertinent to, and a fee 
schedule for, the operation of fire alarms, public and private, within the Town of Cohasset, 



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and for the signaling and/or transmission of false public or private alarms to the Cohasset 
Fire Department. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 28. To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition 
the General Court of the Commonwealth to enact special legislation which shall have the 
force and effect of repealing Chapter 184 of the Acts of 1950, sections 1 through 5, inclu- 
sive, said sections being relative to the powers and duties of the Wire Department Superin- 
tendent; and to amend, consolidate, and otherwise bring into conformance with the repeal 
of said sections various applicable Articles, Sections, and other elements of the General 
Bylaws of the Town. Said Articles, Sections, and other elements of the General Bylaws of 
the Town shall include, but not be limited to, those relative to the operation and mainte- 
nance of fire alarms, and other types of alarms, to the powers and duties of the Wire Depart- 
ment Superintendent, to the powers and duties of the Chief of the Fire Department, and/or 
to the powers and duties of the Building Inspector and Zoning Officer. 

MOVED: That a petition be presented to the General Court of the Commonwealth 
requesting the enactment, by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court 
assembled, of a special act of the Legislature to read substantially as follows (it being the 
intent of the town to authorize the Board of Selectmen to make constructive changes in 
perfecting the language of this legislation in order to secure passage within the scope of the 
general public objectives of this home rule petition): 

Section 1: Chapter 184 of the Acts of 1950, sections 1 through 5, inclusive, relative to 
the powers and duties of the Wire Department Superintendent of the Town of Cohasset, are 
hereby repealed. 

Section 2. This Act shall take effect upon July 1, 1998 and further the Bylaws of 
the Town be amended as follows, to be effective upon passage of the foregoing special 
legislation: 

First, that part (c) of Section 7 ("Wire Department Superintendent"), of Article IV 
("Appointed Town Officials"), of the Bylaws of the Town is hereby amended by deleting 
the words "test periodically all fire alarm boxes and maintain the Town Fire Alarm system" 
and insert the words "perform all the duties of an inspector of wires pursuant to chapter 1 66 
of the General Laws"; 

Second, a new subpart (vii) be-inserted in subsection (g) of Section 5 ("Fire Chief) of 
Article IV ("Appointed Town Officials") of the Bylaws of the Town, providing as follows: 
"(vii) The Fire Chief shall be responsible for supervising any and all private fire alarm 
boxes and systems in the town." 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 29. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds, or borrow pursuant to any applicable statutes, a sum of money to engage a 
project manager for various capital projects. 

MOVED: The Board of Selectmen are hereby authorized to appoint an individual or 
a firm to be hereinafter known as the Town's "Project Manager" Said person or firm shall 
report to the Board of Selectmen, and be responsible for managing the various capital con- 
struction projects now underway, or may in the future underway, in the town. It is antici- 
pated that the costs associated with such Project Manager shall be funded in connection 
with each capital project as such project is voted upon by the town. 

Motion is adopted. 



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ARTICLE 30. 




Name 


Address 


1 . Robert Piepenbrink 


622 CJC Way 


2. Herbert L. Marsh 


438 Beechwood St. 


3. Kenneth Barry Butman 


25 Oak St. 


4. Peter M. Laugelle 


17 King St. 


5. Harold W. Litchfield 


171 Beechwood St. 


6. Anthony C. Sestito 


185 South Main St. 


7. William Sestito 


61 Smith Place 


8. Mary L. Snow 


317 North Main St. 


9. Debra Krupczak 


7 1 Aaron River Rd 


10. Sandra J. Murray 


22 Hill St. 



To see if the Town will vote to rescind Article 25 voted at the Annual Town Meeting of 
Monday, April 8, 1 99 1 : "That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to petition the General 
Court to enact legislature to provide substantially as follows: Notwithstanding the provi- 
sion of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Section 148, the Town of Cohasset is 
hereby authorized to implement a Bi-weekly pay system for all Town employees." 

MOVED: That Article 30 be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion is adopted. 

Resolution offered by Richard Cohan, Superintendent Cohasset Water Services. 

Be It Resolved That: 

WHEREAS: Bill McAuliffe served the Town of Cohasset, and specifically the Water 
Department for thirty-six (36) years; 

WHEREAS: The town has greatly benefited from Bill's contribution in all aspects of 
the operation of the Water Department; 

NOW THEREFORE, Be it Resolved that the town recognize Bill McAuliffe for his 
dedication, service to the town, and award him this plaque in recognition, this plaque which 
was donated by our private contract operation with recognition of their appreciation as 
well, of his efforts. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 

MOVED: That this meeting stand adjourned until the Annual Town Election on May 
3, 1997 at 8:00 a.m. 

Motion is adopted unanimously at 5:45 p.m. 

A True Record, attest: 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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TOWN ELECTION 
MAY 3. 1997 

Polls open at 8 PM Closed 6 PM 

Total Voters - 2687 Percent 5 1.39% 
Absentees - Pet 1 -- 130, Pet 2 — 98 

Election officers sworn in by Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7:45 AM were 
as follows: 

Domenic Baccari Louise Flint 

Margaret Heman Frederick Koed 

Katherine Lincoln Janet MacLure 

Janice Rosano Jean Thompson 

Grace Tuckerman Jacquelyn McGuire 

Deborah Protulis Ruth Pratt 
Gertrude Waldfogel 

SELECTMEN FOR THREE YEARS - VOTE FOR ONE 

Pet 1 Pet 2 Total 

Thomas J. Callahan 268 310 578 

Alexander C. Koines 236 153 389 

Wigmore A. Pierson 320 371 691 

Diane C. Sullivan 507 378 885 
Write Ins 

Rocco Laugelle 2 2 

Blanks 79 63 142 

Total 2687 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR 3 YEARS - VOTE FOR ONE 

Joseph R. McElroy 677 660 1337 

Hugh J. Morgan 219 290 509 

Kathleen A. Ofsthun 694 597 1291 

Susan M. Turgiss 642 498 1140 
Write Ins 

Georgine Butman 2 2 

Lenora Jenkins 9 4 13 

Susan McNamara 1 1 

Michael Kennedy 1 1 

John Sturman 1 1 

Alison Kinchla 2 2 

Roy Fitzsimmons 2 2 

Christine Collins 3 3 

Blanks 582 492 1072 

Total 2687 



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TRUSTEE PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

Pctl 

Anne C. Bowdoin 882 

Agnes McCann 783 

Patience G. Towle 856 

Write-ins 

Wigmore Pierson 

Laura Doherty 

Roy Fitzsimmons 

Jane Kyricos 

Anne Musto 

Lynne DiGiacomo 

Gale Flynn 1 

M. Sakteze 1 

Blanks 1814 

Total 



Pet 2 


Total 


709 


1591 


742 


1525 


650 


1506 


1 


1 


1 


1 


2 


2 


2 


2 


1 


1 


1 


1 




1 




1 


1615 


3429 




8061 



ASSESSOR FOR 3 YEARS 

Michael C. Patrolia 
Write-ins 
Bob Leonard 
Sheila Evans 
Michael Bums 
Wigmore Pierson 
Kyle Pinkus 
John Collins 
Blanks/O.Vote 
Totals 



940 



916 



1856 



2 




2 


1 




1 


2 




2 


1 




1 




1 


1 




1 


1 


6 


387 


823 
2687 



BOARDS OF HEALTH FOR 3 YEARS 

Alix P White 

Write-ins 

Judy Fitzsimmons 

Paul Barry 

Blanks/o. Vote 

Total 

COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY 

Ralph Perroncello 

Write-ins 

Mary Hartwell 

Robert Pattison 

Blanks 

Total 



988 



857 



1845 





2 
1 


2 

1 


4 


415 


839 
2687 


3 


918 


1861 




1 


1 


1 




1 


8 


356 


824 
2687 



84 



PLANNING BOARD FOR 5 YEARS 





Pctl 


Pet 2 


Total 


Alfred S. Moore, Jr. 


910 


.824 


1734 


Write-ins 








Robert Leonard 


1 




1 


Herbert Towle 




I 


1 


Steven Scribner 




1 


1 


James Cope 
Blanks 


498 


3 
449 


3 
947 


Total 






2687 


RECREATION COMMISSION FOR 5 YEARS 


817 
723 




Lillian Murray Curley 
Mary K. Muncey 
Write-ins 


888 
785 


1705 
1508 


David Marks 


14 


11 


25 


Anthony Carbone 
Andrew Kruger 
Clark Chatterton 




12 

1 
3 


12 
3 


Melissa DiAngelo 
Mark Bell 


1 
4 




4 


Peter Laney 
June Hubbard 








Paul Canney 
Kevin Lewis 








Andrew Fitzsimmons 


2 




2 


Arthur Lehr 








Jessica McDonald 








Larry Schultz 
Carol Schultz 








Tom Callahan 








Charles Fink 








George Benedict 
Herbert Towle 








Ely J. Kahn 
Richard Murray 
Andrea Kinnealey 
Molly Hockkeppel 
Karen Devine 








Eileen Hart 




1 




Brian A. Kinq 
Mark Bell 




1 
3 




John McCarty 
Chris Brown 




3 

1 




Hugh Morgan 
Betts Murray 
Robert S. Meehan 




I 
3 
4 


4 


Karen Devine 




1 




Jody Butman 
Jennifer Silvia 




I 
1 





85 



Rocco Laugelle 

Write-ins (Cont'd.) 
Mary Con ley 
Peter Fahey 
Bob Beggan 
Benjamin Ketchum 
Andrew Fitzsimmons 
Michael Dinsmore 
Donna O'Donnell 
Jared Dick 
Linda Lamont 
Charles Dattola 
Ron Massa 
Colin Regan 
Marie McCarthy 
Norma Grassie 
Michael Kennedy 
Edward Leahy 
Keith Conforte 
Andrew Krueger 
Georgine Butman 
Blanks 
Total 



Pctl 



Pet 2 

1 

1 
3 
1 
3 
3 
3 



Total 

1 
1 
3 
1 
3 
3 
3 



2521 



2213 



4734 
8061 



SEWER COMMISSIONER FOR 3 YEARS 



Raimund G. Vanderweil, 


Jr. 


959 


819 


1778 


Write-ins 




6 


4 


10 


Robert Leonard 




1 






Jack McNamara 




1 






Marie Plante 




2 






Bruce McKinnon 






1 




Wigmore Pierson 






1 




Richard O'Brien 






1 




Ben Watson 






1 




Blanks 




448 


453 


901 


Total 








2687 


WATER COMMISSIONER - 


VOTE FOR 1 







John K. McNabb, Jr. 
John C. Pereira 
Write-ins 
Robert Leonard 
Jack McNamara 
John Rafferty 
Blanks 
Total 



932 
288 

1 

1 

1 

190 



816 
314 



144 



1748 
602 

1 
1 

1 

334 

2687 



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Ballot Question 
Question 1. 

Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 
two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to 
implement the Central Cohasset sewer expansion project, to implement the terms and con- 
ditions of the Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Hull for the Straits Pond/Hull 
Street area sewer project including design and construction of the proposed sewer expan- 
sion, and further, to implement the terms and conditions of an Intermunicipal Agreement 
with the Town of Hingham, including the design and construction of a pump station and 
gravity and force mains? 

Pet 1 Pet 2 Total 

Yes 743 582 1325 

No 620 649 1269 

Blanks 50 43 93 

Total 1413 1856 2687 



Polls closed at 6 PM. Results declared at 7: 1 5 PM. 



A True Copy, Attest: 
Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk 



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INDEX FOR SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
OCT. 27, 1997 

ARTICLE NO. DESCRIPTION OF ARTICLE 

1. Unpaid bills; Defeated 

2. Department Transfers; Adopted 

3. Hagerty Property Demolition; Ind. Postponed 

4. Hagerty Property ~ RFP; Adopted 

5. Stabilization Fund; Adopted 

6. Police Capital; Adopted 

7. DPW Capital; Adopted 

8. Fire ~ Two Way Radios; Adopted 

9. Sidewalk Fund; Adopted 

10. Conservation Fund; Adopted 

12. Town Hall Computers; Adopted 

14. Mitigation Railroad Engineer; Adopted 

15. Downtown Revitalization; Adopted 

16. Private Way Acceptance; Defeated 

1 7. Church Street Tree Removal; Adopted 

1 8. School Air Conditioning; Adopted 

1 9. Facilities Audit; Adopted 

20. Deer Hill Window Replacement, Defeated 

21 . School Technology Plan; Adopted 

22. School Bus Replacement; Adopted 
28. Rescind Borrowing Articles, Adopted 



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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
OCTOBER 27.1997 

At the Special Town Meeting held on Monday, October 21,1 997 at the Cohasset High 
School Auditorium the following articles were contained in the warrant and acted upon as 
follows. 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7:00 p.m. were Jacquelyn 
McGuire, Deborah Protulis, Janice Rosano, Margaret Heman, Kathleen Rhodes, and Carol 
St. Pierre. Tellers were appointed and sworn in by the Moderator, George L. Marlette, III. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and a quorum of 100 was 
present at that time. The registered voters checked in on the voting list totaled 255. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting and Re- 
turn of Service having been examined by the Moderator and found to be in order. 



ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to pay for unpaid bills from previous fiscal years. 



Requested: $44,519 

VENDOR 

Warner & Stackpole 

McGowan, Engel, Tucker, Garrett & Schultz 

TOTAL 



AMOUNT REQUESTED 

$ 40,000.00 
$4,519.00 



$44,519.00 



MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of Forty-Four thousand Five hundred nineteen ($44,5 19.00) dollars to pay the follow- 
ing unpaid bills from previous fiscal years: 



Warner & Stackpole 

McGowan, Engel, Tucker, Garrett & Schultz 

TOTAL 



$ 40,000.00 
$4,519.00 

$44,519.00 



A 9/10 vote is required. 
Hand count taken Yes 133; 
Motion is defeated. 



No 42 



ARTICLE 2. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, and/or transfer 
from available funds, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town Manager, 
needed by various departmental budgets and appropriations to complete the fiscal year 
ending June 30, 1998. 

Requested: $33,000 



PURPOSE 

Town Mgr. computer 

Remove old fire garage 

Paint Town Hall; Seal coat parking Lot 

Update Fire Service in Elevator 

Scan, Print & Bind Town Bylaws 

Consultant for Revaluation 



DEPARTMENT 




BUDGET 


AMOUNT 


Selectmen General Expenses 


$ 3,500.00 


Town Buildings Capital Outlay 


$ 8,500.00 


Town Hall Capital Outlay 


$ 7,000.00 


Town Hall Capital Outlay 


$ 8,000.00 


Town Clerk Expenses 


$ 1,000.00 


Assessors' Revaluation 


$ 5,000.00 


TOTAL 


$33,000.00 




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MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of twenty eight thousand ($28,000.00) dollars and transfer the sum of five thousand 
($5,000.00) dollars from Overlay Surplus, for a total sum of thirty-three thousand 
($33,000.00) dollars, to be expended by the Town Manager, needed by various departmen- 
tal budgets and appropriations to complete the fiscal year ending June 30, 1 998, as follows: 

DEPARTMENT 

BUDGET AMOUNT 

Selectmen General Expenses $ 3,500.00 

Town Buildings Capital Outlay $ 8,500.00 

Town Hall Capital Outlay $ 7,000.00 

Town Hall Capital Outlay $ 8,000.00 

Town Clerk Expenses $ 1,000.00 

Assessors' Revaluation $ 5,000.00 

TOTAL $ 33,000.00 

Motion is adopted. 

Dr. Kevin Ulmer moved to advance Article 4 for immediate consideration. 
Hand count taken. Yes 111, No 80. 
Motion to advance is adopted. 

ARTICLE 4. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
issue a Request for Proposals to nonprofit corporations for the purpose of leasing the former 
Cohasset Colonials building to establish a learning laboratory for Marine Biology and Ge- 
netic Research. 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to 
issue a Request for Proposals to nonprofit corporations to consider utilizing the former 
Cohasset Colonials building as a learning laboratory for Marine Biology and Genetic Re- 
search. 

Hand count taken Yes - 117, No - 110 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
demolish or move the Hagerty House Showroom (purchased by the Town at the March, 
1993 Town Meeting) from a parcel of land shown on Plot II and an unnumbered lot on 
Assessors' Map #37, consisting of 2.01 acres of land off Border street and Parker Avenue; 
funding of this article may be taken from a special donor fund earmarked for the "Hagerty 
Property." 



CITIZENS' PETITION 






Name 


Address 


1. 


Alexander C. Koines 


380 Atlantic Ave. 


2. 


Jessica Jenkins 


198 Jerusalem Rd. 


3. 


Ralph B. Hill 


25 Hammond Ave. 


4. 


Eunice L. Brownell 


164BeechwoodSt 


5. 


Mary S. Edmonds 


76 Pond St. 


6. 


James W. Drysdale 


4 Cedar Acres Ln. 


7. 


Marjorie L. Smith 


400 Atlantic Ave. 


8. 


Donald B. Kennedy 


41 Stevens Ln. 


9. 


Kathryn E. Morgan 


20 Bow St. 



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10. Anthony W. Morgan 20 Bow St. 

MOVED: That this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 5. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds, a sum or sums of money, to add to the Stabilization Fund in accordance 
with M.G.L.,c.40 § 5B, as amended. 

Requested: $75,000 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer the sum of 
seventy-five thousand ($75,000.00) dollars from the Health Indemnity Fund to add to the 
Stabilization Fund in accordance with M.G.L., c. 40, § 5B, as amended. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing the following new 
capital equipment for the Police Department. 

One Mobile Data Terminal 
One Breathalyzer 
Two Moving Radars 

Requested: $15,800 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of fifteen thousand eight hundred ($15,800.00) dollars, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, for the purpose of purchasing the following new capital equipment for the Police 
Department: 

One Mobile Data Terminal 
One Breathalyzer 
Two Moving Radars 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing the following new 
capital equipment that replaces existing equipment for the Department of Public 
Works, and to authorize the Town Manager to trade-in or otherwise dispose of such existing 
equipment: 

Tractor with Plow Attachment for the Recycling Transfer Facility 
Flail Mower and Tractor 
Catch Basin Cleaner 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer the sum of one 
hundred nineteen thousand rive hundred ($ 1 1 9,500.00) dollars from Surplus Revenue, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing the following new capital 
equipment that replaces existing equipment for the Department of Public Works,, and to 
authorize the Town Manager to trade-in or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment: 



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Tractor with Plow Attachment for the Recycling Transfer Facility 
Flail Mower and Tractor 
Catch Basin Cleaner 

Amendment to Article 7 offered by Roy Fitzsimmons: 

Moved that the sum of $ 1 1 9,500 be appropriated from the Tax Levy. 

Amendment is defeated . 

Main motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 8. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer 
fromavailable funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing six (6) new 
two-way radios for the Fire Department. 

Requested: $5,500 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of rive thousand rive hundred ($5,500.00) dollars, to be expended by the Town Man- 
ager, for the purpose of purchasing six (6) new two-way radios for the Fire Department. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 9. To see if the Town will vote to create a Sidewalk Capital Account, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to construct 
new sidewalks, or repair existing sidewalks in Town, said account to be added to each year 
as funds are available, and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money for this purpose. 

Requested: $100,000 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer the sum of one 
hundred thousand ($100,000.00) dollars from Surplus Revenue for the purpose of estab- 
lishing a Sidewalk Capital Account in the Treasury of the Town, to be expended by the 
Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to construct new sidewalks, 
or repair existing sidewalks in Town, said account to be added to each year as funds are 
available. 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to add to the Conservation Fund as authorized under M.G.L.,c.40 § 8C. 

Requested: $5,000 

MOVED: by the Conservation Commission that the Town vote to raise and appropri- 
ate the sum of five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars to add to the Conservation Fund as autho- 
rized under M.G.L., c. 40, § 8C. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to supplement the funds appropriated under Article 
28 of the October 28, 1996 Special Town Meeting to install air conditioning at the Paul Pratt 
Memorial Library. 



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MOVED: by the Board of Library Trustees that the Town vote to raise and appropri- 
ate the sum of seventeen thousand Lour hundred ($17,400.00) dollars, to be expended by 
the Town Manager, to supplement the funds appropriated under Article 28 of the October 
28, 1996 Special Town Meeting to install air conditioning at the Paul Pratt Memorial Li- 
brary. 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 12. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to purchase new computer hardware and software at 
the Town Hall, and all other related costs. 

Requested: $80,000 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer the sum of eighty 
thousand ($80,000.00) dollars from Overlay Surplus, to be expended by the Town Man- 
ager, to purchase new computer hardware and software at the Town Hall, and all other 
related costs. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 13. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of providing the Town's 25% share of 
the cost of the Town of Chase's James Brook Basin Comprehensive Flood Control Project, 
said funds only to be expended on successful award of the grant by the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency for 75% of said costs pursuant to Section 404 Hazardous Mitigation 
Program. 

Requested: $165,000 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the sum of one hundred sixty rive thousand 
($ 1 65,000.00) dollars be hereby appropriated, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the 
purpose of providing the Town's 25% share of the cost of the Town of Cohasset's James 
Brook Basin Comprehensive Flood Control Project, said funds only to be expended on 
successful award of the grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 75% of 
said costs pursuant to Section 404 Hazardous Mitigation Program; and for costs incidental 
and related thereto; that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of one hundred sixty rive 
thousand ($165,000.00) dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massa- 
chusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or 
notes of the Town, therefore. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Amendment to Article 13 offered by Roy Fitzsimmons: Moved that the sum of 
$165,000 be transferred from Surplus Revenue. 
Amendment is defeated. 
A 2/3 vote is required. 
Main motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 14. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money. 



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to be expended by the Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, for the 
purpose of hiring an engineering consultant to assist the Town during the Federal Emer- 
gency Management Agency's review of the Town's grant application pursuant to Section 
404 Hazard Mitigation Program, James Brook Basin Comprehensive Flood Control Project, 
and for the purpose of assisting the Town in coordination with the MBTA and their agents 
relative to the construction of the Greenbush Line. 

Requested: $13,500 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer the sum of thir- 
teen thousand five hundred ($13,500.00) dollars from Surplus Revenue, to be expended by 
the Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, for the purpose of hiring 
an engineering consultant to assist the Town during the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency's review of the Town's grant application pursuant to Section 404 Hazard Tvhtigation 
Program, James Brook Basin Comprehensive Flood Control Project, and for the purpose of 
assisting the Town in coordination with the MBTA and their agents relative to the construc- 
tion of the Greenbush line. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 15. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to obtain the services of an engineering firm to 
develop the necessary engineering and design plans to establish a walkway on the east side 
of South Main Street beginning at the comer of Robert E. Jason Lane and ending at the 
intersection of Elm Street. The design and engineering plans will be developed based on the 
design concepts contained in the public Charette and reproduced by the architectural firm 
Carr, Lynch, and Sandell. 

Requested: $10,000 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that the Town vote to transfer the sum of ten 
thousand ($10,000.00) dollars from Surplus Revenue, to be expended by the Town Man- 
ager, to obtain the services of an engineering firm to develop the necessary engineering and 
design plans to establish a walkway on the east side of South Main Street beginning at the 
comer of Robert E. Jason Lane and ending at the intersection of Elm Street. The design and 
engineering plans will be developed based on the design concepts contained in the public 
Charrette and reproduced by the architectural firm Carr, Lynch, and Sandell. 

Amendment offered by John Donohue. In the motion under Article 15, to delete the 
words surplus revenue and replace with Sidewalk Capital Account fund created under Ar- 
ticle 9 of this special town meeting. 

Amendment is defeated. 

Main motion is adopted. 

At 1 1 p.m. on motion made and seconded, the Moderator adjoumed the meeting to 
Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cohasset High School Auditorium. 



WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 29,1997 

Monday night checkers previously appointed by the Town Clerk reported to work at 
7:00 p.m. Tellers were appointed by the Moderator. The Moderator called the meeting to 
order at 7:40 p.m. A total of 1 57 registered voters were checked in. 



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Article 17 was advanced for consideration. 

ARTICLE 17. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds, and/or borrow a sum or sums of money to cut down the tree, remove the 
roots and replace the apron located at the comer of the driveway at 16 Church Street. 



Requested: $2,800 



CITIZENS' PETITION 



an 


le 


Address 


1. 


William G. Ross 


16 Church St. 


2. 


Suzanne M. Ross 


16 Church St. 


3. 


Thomas W. Heman, Jr. 


558 Beechwood St. 


4. 


Margaret C. Heman 


558 Beechwood St. 


5. 


Earle A. Bestick 


555 Beechwood St. 


6. 


Barbara A. Pinkus 


547 Beechwood St. 


7. 


Sandra Perry 


60 Doane St. 


8. 


David M. Kneeland 


60 Doane St. 


9. 


Cora M. Ainslie 


41 Church St. 


10. 


Ruth G. White 


62 Church St. 



MOVED: by Citizens' Petition that the Town vote to transfer the sum of two thousand 
eight hundred ($2,800.00) dollars from Surplus Revenue to cut down the tree, remove the 
roots and replace the apron located at the comer of the driveway at 1 6 Church Street. 

Amendment offered by Ann Musto. 

MOVED: by Citizens' Petition that the Town vote to transfer the sum of two thousand 
eight hundred ($2,800) dollars from Surplus Revenue to relocate the pole, remove the roots 
and replace the apron located at the comer of the driveway at 1 6 Church Street. 

Amendment is defeated. 

Main motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 16. To see if the Town will vote to accept the following streets as public 
ways: Cedar Acres Ln., Cedar Acres Dr., Fairoaks Ln., Old Pasture Rd., and Surry Drive. 

CITIZENS PETITION 



an 


le 


Address 


1. 


Laura J. Doherty 


36 Cedar Acres Ln, 


2. 


John J. Doherty 


36 Cedar Acres Ln. 


3. 


Donna M. 0' Donne 11 


1 96 Fairoaks Ln. 


4. 


Kevin F. O'Donnell, Jr. 


196 Fairoaks Ln. 


5. 


Kelliann Gaumer 


208 Fairoaks Ln. 


6. 


Stephen R. Gaumer 


208 Fairoaks Ln. 


7. 


Andrea B. Flynn 


2 1 1 Fairoaks Ln. 


8. 


Richard R. Flynn 


2 1 1 Fairoaks Ln. 


9. 


Eileen T Coner 


89 Fairoaks Ln. 


10. 


Joseph G. Coner 


89 Fairoaks Ln. 



MOVED: by Citizens' Petition that the Town vote to accept the following streets as 
public ways: Cedar Acres Lane, Cedar Acres Drive, Fair Oaks Lane, Old Pasture Road and 
Surry Drive. 

Amendment offered by Laura Doherty. 

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MOVED: To transfer ten thousand ($10,000) dollars from surplus revenue for the 
town manager to spend for engineering services for preparing layout plans for Cedar Acres 
Lane, Cedar Acres Drive, Fairoaks Lane, Old Pasture Road and Surry Drive. 

Hand count taken: YES 58; No 79 

Motion is defeated. 

ARTICLE 18. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the School Facilities Building Committee, (60% of which is reimburs- 
able from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) to make the new elementary school air 
conditioning ready. 

Requested: $100,000 

MOVED: by the School Facilities/Building Committee that the sum of one hundred 
thousand ($100,000.00) dollars be hereby appropriated, to be expended by the School Fa- 
cilities Building Committee, (60% of which is reimbursable from the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts) to make the new elementary school air conditioning ready; and for costs 
incidental and related thereto; that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the ap- 
proval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of one hundred 
thousand ($100,000.00) dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(3X) of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. 

Amendment offered by Robert Spofford. 

MOVED: by the School Facilities/Building Committee that the sum of two hundred 
fifty thousand ($250,000) dollars be hereby appropriated, to be expended by the School 
Facilities Building Committee, (60% of which is reimbursable from the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts) to equip the new elementary school with air conditioning; and for costs 
incidental and related thereto; that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the ap- 
proval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of two hundred 
fifty thousand ($250,000.00) dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(3 A) of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. 

Amendment is adopted. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Main motion as amended is adopted by the necessary 2/3 's. 

ARTICLE 19. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to conduct a facilities audit for the Deer Hill School, 
the Middle/High School, the Town Hall, Police & Fire Station, and the Paul Pratt Memorial 
Library to identify the long term capital needs to renovate and modernize the existing build- 
ings. 

Requested: $25,000 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee to transfer the sum 
of twenty-five thousand ($25,000.00) dollars from Surplus Revenue, to be expended by the 
Town Manager, to conduct a facilities audit for the Deer Hill School, the Middle High 
School, the Town Hall, Police & Fire Station, and the Paul Pratt Memorial Library to iden- 
tify the long term capital needs to renovate and modernize the existing buildings. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

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ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the School Committee, to begin the replacement of the glass window 
walls and other windows at the Deer Hill School 

Requested: $100,000 

MOVED: by the School Committee that the sum of one hundred thousand 
($100,000.00) dollars be hereby appropriated, to be expended by the School Committee to 
begin the replacement of the glass window walls and other windows at the Deer Hill School; 
and for costs incidental and related thereto; that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of one 
hundred thousand ($100,000.00) dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(3 A) 
of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to 
issue bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion is defeated. 

ARTICLE 21: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the School Committee, to implement the first year of the Cohasset Public 
Schools' Technology Plan. 

Requested: $100,000 

MOVED; by the School Committee that the sum of one hundred thousand 
($100,000.00) dollars be hereby appropriated, to be expended by the School Committee, to 
implement the first year of the Cohasset Public Schools' Technology Plan; and for costs 
incidental and related thereto; that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the ap- 
proval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of one hundred 
thousand ($100,000.00) dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(28) of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Motion is adopted by tlie necessary 2/3 's. 

ARTICLE 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from 
available funds; and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, 
to be expended by the School Committee, to purchase one 1997 or 1998 77-passenger 
school bus. 

MOVED: by the School Committee that the Town transfer the sum of fifty - thousand 
($50,000.00) dollars from Surplus revenue, to be expended by the School Committee, to 
purchase a new school bus. 

Motion is adopted unanimously. 

Article 28 is advanced. 

ARTICLE 28. To see if the Town will vote to rescind and/or reduce the amount 
authorized for borrowing under articles from previous Town Meetings as follows: 

1. To rescind the vote that authorized the Town to borrow $180,000.00 under Article 
14 of the Special Town Meeting held on March 30, 1996 for the purpose of planning and 
designing an elementary school on landowned by the Town of Cohasset off Sohier Street 
known as "Deer Hill" 



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2. To reduce the amount authorized for borrowing under Article 28 of theAnnual Town 
Meeting held on March 26, 1994 for use in connection with the closure of the Cedar Street 
Landfill, to comply with current regulations related to such closure from eight hundred 
twenty-five thousand ($825,000.00) dollars to eight hundred twenty-one thousand 
seventy-one ($82 1 ,07 1 .00) dollars; 

3. To reduce the amount authorized for borrowing under Article 30 of the Annual 
Town Meeting held on March 26, 1994 for the purpose of removing the underground oil 
tanks at the Joseph Osgood School, Deer Hill School and Junior/Senior High School, re- 
placing them with new tanks meeting all appropriate State and Federal regulations from one 
hundred twenty thousand ($120,000.00) dollars to one hundred seven thousand eighty 
($107,080.00) dollars; 

4. To reduce the amount authorized for borrowing under Article 32 of the Armual 
Town Meeting held on March 26, 1994 for the purpose of purchasing a 1994 school bus 
from forty-five thousand ($45,000.00) dollars to forty-one thousand nine hundred fifty-eight 
($41,958.00) dollars; 

5. To reduce the amount authorized for borrowing under Article 33 of the Annual 
Town Meeting held on March 26, 1 994 for the purpose of installing a wheelchair lift at the 
Junior/Senior High School to allow increased handicapped accessibility from twenty-six 
thousand four hundred fifteen ($26,4 1 5.00) dollars to twenty thousand four hundred fifteen 
($20,41 5.00) dollars; 

6. To reduce the amount authorized for borrowing under Article 23 of the Special 
Town Meeting held on October 24, 1 994 to implement the study of Step 1 Facilities Plan for 
the James Brook Alternative and the Cohasset Harbor Alternative be reduced from four 
hundred ten thousand ($4 1 0,000.00) dollars to three hundred eighty-nine thousand one hun- 
dred thirty-nine ($389,139.00) dollars. 

MOVED: by the Board of Selectmen that: 

1. The vote that authorized the Town to borrow one hundred eighty thousand 
($180,000.00) dollars under Article 14 of the Special Town Meeting held on March 30, 
1996 for the purpose of planning and designing an elementary school on land owned by the 
Town of Cohasset ofFSohier Street known as "Deer Hill" be rescinded; 

2. The amount authorized for borrowing pursuant to Article 28 of the Annual Town 
Meeting held on March 26, 1994 for use in connection with the closure of the Cedar Street 
Landfill, to comply with current regulations related to such closure be reduced from eight 
hundred twenty-five thousand ($825,000.00) dollars to eight hundred twenty-one thousand 
seventy-one ($821,071.00) dollars; 

3. The amount authorized for borrowing under Article 30 of the Annual Town Meeting 
held on March 26, 1 994 for the purpose of removing the underground oil tanks at the Joseph 
Osgood School, Deer Hill School and Junior/Senior High School, replacing them with new 
tanks meeting all appropriate State and Federal regulations be reduced from one 
hundred twenty thousand ($120,000.00) dollars to one hundred seven thousand eighty 
($107,080.00) dollars; 

4. The amount authorized for borrowing under Article 32 of the Annual Town Meeting 
held on March 26, 1994 for the purpose of purchasing a 1994 school bus be reduced from 
forty-five thousand ($45,000.00) dollars to forty-one thousand nine hundred fifty-eight 
($41,958.00) dollars; 

5. The amount authorized for borrowing under Article 33 of the Annual Town Meeting 
held on March 26, 1994 for the purpose of installing a wheelchair lift at the Junior/Senior 
High School to allow increased handicapped accessibility be reduced from twenty-six thou- 
sand four hundred fifteen ($26,415.00) dollars to twenty thousand four hundred fifteen 
($20,415.00) dollars; 

6. The amount authorized for borrowing under Article 23 of the Special Town Meeting 



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held on October 24, 1 994 to implement the study of Step 1 Facilities Plan for the James 
Brook Alternative and the Cohasset Harbor Alternative be reduced fi-om four hundred ten 
thousand ($410,000.00) dollars to three hundred eighty-nine thousand one 
hundred thirty-nine ($389,139.00) dollars. 
Motion is adopted unanimously. 

At 1 1 p.m. on motion made and seconded, the Moderator adjourned the meeting to Thurs- 
day, October 30, 1997 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cohasset High School. 



THURSDAY EVENING OCTOBER 30,1997 

Wednesday night checkers previously appointed by the Town Clerk reported to work 
at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of Kathleen Rhodes. Tellers were appointed by the Modera- 
tor. The Moderator called the meeting to order at 8:40 p.m. A total of 106 registered voters 
were checked in. The Moderator asked the meeting to vote on dissolving the meeting. Yes 
28, No 50. Motion to dissolve was defeated. A quorum was questioned by the Advisory 
Committee. The tellers made a count of the cafeteria and found only 96 voters. It was 
moved and voted that this Special Town Meeting be dissolved at 8:40 p.m. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



ELECTION OFFICERS FOR THE YEAR 1997 

The following persons were appointed Election Workers for the year 1 997 by the Board 
of Selectmen. 



REPUBLICANS 

Domenic M. Baccari 
Margaret M. Stoughton 
Grace R. Tuckerman 
Margaret M. Bates 
Ruth F. Pratt 
Janet R. Fogarty 
Margaret M. O'Donnell 
Avis M. Sweeney 
R. Murray Campbell 
{Catherine M. Lincoln 
Janet W. Mac Lure 
John H. MuUett 
Margaret C. Chapin 



DEMOCRATS 

Janice M. Rosano 
Jean M. Salvador 
Linda M. Nash 
Susan Kent 
Frederick Koed 
Ronald Goodwin 
Deborah Protulis 
Barbara B. Valvolic 
Anthony J. Finegan 
Patricia A. Laugelle 
Alba Crossen 
Frances H. O' Toole 



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BIRTHS NOT PREVIOUSLY REPORTED 1996 



Date 


Name of Child 


OCIOBER 


10 


Nathan R. Bumstead 


24 


Samuel W. Rice 


NOVEMBER 


23 


Jillian N. Ahem 


DECEMBER 


9 


William T. Gildea 


11 


Madison W. Jones 


12 


Clara E. Baumgarten 


22 


James F. Hynes, III 


24 


William P. Mitchell 


24 


Matthew V. Froio 


29 


Christine M. Guinee 


30 


Samuel D. Murphy 



Parents (Mothers Maiden Name) 

Douglas & Lisa Bumstead (Lajacono) 
Daniel & Sophia Rice (Kimball) 

Daniel & Christine Ahem (Reddy) 

William «fe Kelli Gildea (Grimes) 
Michael & Heather Jones (Ludlow) 
George & Barbara Baumgarten (Mortinson) 
James Hynes & cynthia Hynes (Nickerson) 
David & Caroline Mitchell (Bead) 
Ralph & Nancy Froio (Duggan) 
Paul & Kathleen Guinee (Murrin) 
David & Sarah Murphy (Abbruzzese) 



BIRTHS FOR THE YEAR 1997 



Date 

I A\I¥T 


Name of Child 

ADV 


19 


Alvi 

Emily V. Curran 


20 


Keeley R. Macafee 


21 


Claire F. Hebb 


FEBRUARY 


3 


Tucker A. Ambrose 


6 


Jacob R Hague 


6 


Rebecca C. Markert 


16 


Jacob K. Johnson 


27 


James W. Harper 


MARCH 


4 


Charlotte F. Wahle 


11 


Charlotte W. Norton 


12 


Rennie L. Westcott 


15 


Madeline A. Tesauro 


16 


Emma B. Davis 


18 


Jackson R. McGlinchey 


18 


Katrina Antoinette Zitka 


21 


Ryan R Q. Can- 


21 


Cole L. Morrison 


22 


Timothy B. Hayes 



Parents (Mothers Maiden Name) 

Brian & Kristin Curran (Jackson) 
Kenneth & Kathleen Macafee (Dalton) 
Smart & Elizabeth Hebb (Dougherty) 

Anthony & Dorene Ambrose (Fallon) 

Keith & Angela Hague (Archambault) 

Thomas & Sarah Markert (Elwell) 

Jeffrey & Deborah Johnson (White) 

Hoyt Harper & Beth Eggenberger (Eggenberger) 

Charles & Beth Wahle (Flanagan) 

Mark & Kristin Norton (Emstene) 

Michael & Lisa Westcott (Allanach) 

Thomas & Catherine Tesauro (McCleary) 

Paul & Carol Davis (Costello) 

Joseph & Allison McGlinchey (Needle) 

Glenn & Nancy Zitka (O'Donnell) 

Sean & Arlene Carr (Quintans) 

Jeffrey Morrison & Mary Powers (Powers) 

Brian & Meredith Hayes (Baker) 



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Date 


Name of Child 


APRIL 




5 


Dagmar L. Seppala 


11 


Emily N. Davis 


11 


Sean O'Rourke Feeney 


14 


Sarah B. Divasta 


18 


Catherine E. Oilman 


21 


Emily Ann Livingston 


23 


Tate P. Giddings 


24 


Emlyn Jane McGoldrick 


29 


Kayley Marie Pinkus 


MAY 




2 


Curtis G. Golden 


7 


Taylor E. Frederick 


13 


Christian Michael Cunnie 


JUNE 




2 


Alicia Rose Hutchison 


3 


Cameron James Wilson 


14 


Meghan Elizabeth Faherty 


JULY 




2 


Megan Rita Durkin 


21 


Levente F. Haber 


24 


Zachary Ethan Connors 


25 


Chloe C. Krurek 


AUGUST 


3 


Micaela Braun 


9 


Emily Rose Ryan 


9 


Cole C. R Sullivan 


12 


Carly A. Gundersen 


12 


Nicholas J. Hanflig 


13 


Lily G. McCarthy 


13 


Morgen Elizabeth 


26 


Samuel N. Pitts 


28 


Michael P. Hagerty 


31 


Brett R. Dooley 


SEPTEMBER 


1 


Margaret T. Dipesa 


1 


Lauren E. Tracey 


10 


Graham S. Blackburn 


15 


Lome Augustin Greco 


17 


Meaghan E. Lyons 


22 


Adam B. Game 


22 


Francesco L. Laugelle 


24 


Andrew G. Kuppens 



Parents (Mothers Maiden Name) 

James & Liane Seppala (Lamere) 
Glenn & Amy Davis (Barrow) 
Stephen & June Feeney (Marshall) 
Vincent & Lisa Divasta (Edwards) 
James & Beth Marsden-Gilman(Marsden) 
William & Jean Livingstone (Keiran) 
Mark & Elizabeth Giddings (Potter) 
George & Mary McGoldrick (Eginton) 
Jeffrey & Barbara Pinkus (Shea) 

Shaun & Jody Golden (Gutman) 
David & Michelle Frederick (Cayer) 
Michael & Karin Cunnie (Feifer) 

Richard & Sandra Hutchison (Ellis) 
Christopher & Caroline Wilson (Perry) 
Terence & Maureen Faherty (DriscoU) 

Joseph & Lynn Durkin (O'Toole) 
Carsten & Eva Haber (Szanolsci) 
Brian & Patricia Connors (Missett) 
Robert & Jennifer Krurek (Keen) 

Michael & Monica Braun (Lewis) 
Joseph & Carol Ryan (McKeon) 
Gregory & Christine Sullivan (Dunham) 
Harold & Suzanne Gundersen (Lavieri) 
Jay Hanflig & Donna J. Sinden (Sinden) 
John & Hortense McCarthy (Engel) 
John & Suzanne Montgomery (Tayer) 
Paul & Helen Pitts (Morrison) 
Timothy & Leslie Hagerty (Brayman) 
Kevin & Lisa Dooley (Foreman) 

Charles & Susan Dipesa (Glancy) 
William & Kristin Tracey (Robert) 
Christopher & Isabel Blackburn (Newman) 
Neil Greco & Cheryl L. Kaufman (Kaufrnan) 
Richard Lyons & Jacquelyn Roche (Roche) 
David A. Game & Sally Sisson (Sisson) 
Sean & Rina Laugelle (Deangelo) 
John & Debra Kuppens (GreenleaO 



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Date 


Name of Child 


OCTOBER 


1 
3 
3 
6 
7 


Charles Christopher Martin 
Morgan Campbell Healey 
John Joseph Donohue 
Kerry I. Dunn 
Liam Donovan McHugh 


18 


Samantha Noble Goldstein 


21 
21 


Ashley Marie Ash 
Madison MacDonald 


30 Madison Harley Pratt 
NOVEMBER 


3 


Catherine Lane Schwartz 


7 
12 
13 


Morgan Hurley Fechter 
Maeve Jane McGreenery 
Samuel Charles Arnold 


16 


Robert McShane Driscoll, Jr 


16 


Dylan William Piasecki 


20 

24 


Evan Thomas Canney 
Dominic Carl Sestito 


DECEMBER 


2 
2 


Adam Jaroslaw Koropey 
Barbara Baird Davis 



Parents (Mothers Maiden Name) 

Michael J. & Gillian Martin (McGorrigan) 
Peter & Margot Healey (Tonery) 
John & Susan Donohue (Mulligan) 
John & Maura Dunn (Hanley) 
Paul & Sue McHugh (Morash) 
Jeffrey & Jennifer Goldstein (Lane) 
Lawrence & Kerry Ash (Ryan) 
Hindley Christopher & Diane Macdonald 
Jeffrey & Lisa Pratt (Fichtner) 

Jeffrey & Leigh Schwartz (King) 
Michael & Linda Fechter (Glass) 
Mark & Jennifer McGreenery (Blair) 
Christopher & Heidi Arnold (Devries) 
Robert & Christen Driscoll (Chamberlain) 
Richard & Alison Piasecki (Smith) 
Paul & Kimberly Canney (Barba) 
Joseph & Lillian Sestito (Carbone) 

Andrew & Bettina Koropey (Bianco) 
Michael & Sarah Davis (Hackett) 



MARRIAGES FOR THE YEAR 1997 

March 8, at Cohasset, Richard V. Berard of Cohasset and Ann Lauzon of Cohasset, 
married by Donna M. Cunio Justice of the Peace. 

March 15, at Cohasset, Martin R. Geoghegan of Kansas City, and Jennifer S. Coley 
of Kansas City, married by Gary A. Ritts, Minister. 

March 22, at Cohasset, Francis T. Conroy Jr. of Quincy and Marybeth Glasheen of 
Boston, married by James F. Rafferty, Priest. 

May 3, at Cohasset, Richard A. Carroll of Weymouth and Janice R. Silvia of Weymouth, 
married by Sam Chu Justice of the Peace. 

May 24, at Hingham, Mark S. Tempesta of Cohasset and Kristen Marie Gambale of 
Cohasset, married by Ernest Gardner Jones, Justice of the Peace. 

May 24, at Chatham, John M. King of Dorchester and Kerry A. Kates of Cohasset, 
married by Stephen J. Madden, R.C. Priest. 

May 24, at Cohasset, John A. Jenkins of Scotsdale, Az. and Margery P. Dougherty of 
Cohasset, married by E. Clifford Cutler, Priest. 

May 3 1 , at Cohasset, Heshan De Silva Weeramuni of Brooklyn, NY and Anne Lindsey 
Berents of Brooklyn NY, married by E. Clifford Cutler, Priest. 

June 7, at Cohasset, John M. Naples of Boulder, Co., and Kathleen Policy Lord of 
Boulder, Co., married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

June 14, at Cohasset, Theodore A. Galanos of New Jersey and Louise R. Macaro of 
New York, married by John G. Maheras, Priest. 



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June 21, at Norwell, John E. Digiacomo of Norwell and Nancy J. Jones of Norwell, 
married by Richard J. Smith, Priest. 

June 30, at Hingham, Francis X. Kelley of Cohasset and Kelly Jean Hemmert of 
Cohasset, married by Ernest G. Jones, Justice of the Peace. 

July 1 1, at Cohasset, Robert-E. Walls, Jr. of Texas and Joanna R. Townsend of Texas, 
married by Donna M. Cunio, Justice of the Peace. 

July 19, at Cohasset, John F. McCarey of Cohasset and Sarah M. Poole of Quincy, 
married by Donna M. Cunio, Justice of the Peace. 

July 19, at Cohasset, Bart W. Rietkerk of Hadley, Ma. and Pamela J. Ellis of Hadley, 
Ma., married by Richard M. Fewkes, Minister. 

August 2, at Cohasset, Jason P. Rasmussen of Ohio, and Wendy Lynne Seaman of 
Ohio, married by Bruce M. Clary, Clergyman. 

August 3, at Cohasset, Stailley B. Roberts of Florida and Elisabeth A. Barron of 
Florida, married by Ernest Gardner Jones, Justice of the Peace. 

August 23, at Cohasset, William E. Campbell of Cohasset and Karin E. Hoyle of 
Cohasset, married by Richard M. Fewkes, Minister. 

August 23, at Newton, Edward G. Purdy of Cohasset and Amy E. Jessup of Cohasset, 
married by Peter Chase, Episcopal Priest. 

September 6, at Wareham, John L. Logg of Cohasset and Mary Beth Handrahan of 
Cohasset, married by James C. Gibney, Minister of the Gospel. 

September 6, at Scituate, Michael Peter Feroli of Cohasset and Helen J. Oakes of 
Cohasset, married by Douglas W. Johnson, Minister of the Gospel. 

September 1 3, at Falmouth, James L. Gallagher of Cohasset and Kimberly J. Mahoney 
of Cohasset, married by Donna M. Cunio, Justice of the Peace. 

September 13, at Cohasset, Geoge J. Taran, Jr. of Randolph and Mary E. Arcand of 
Randolph, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

September 20, at Cohasset, Lawrence D. Millis of Brookline and Michele A. Buckley 
of Cohasset, married by John J. Ahem, Priest. 

September 27, at Norwell, Robert C. Porter of Cohasset and Roberta L. Taylor of 
Cohasset, married by Stephen Harvester, Pastor. 

September 27, at Walpole, Daniel John Bonoli of Quincy & Nancy Herendeen of 
Quincy, married by James G. Mullen Jr. Justice of the Peace. 

September 28, at Cohasset, Joseph E. Delaney of Scituate and Erin Marie Hunt of 
Scituate, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

October 5, at Cohasset, Robert Peterson of Cohasset and Ruby Layton of Hingham, 
married by Donna M. Cunio, Justice of the Peace. 

October 12, at Cohasset, Conley S. Falk of Calabasas, CA. and Diana Bloomfield of 
Calabasas, CA., married by Elizabeth Tarbox, Minister. 

October 1 1, at Cohasset, William John Grimes of Attleboro, and Victoria Kelley of 
Cohasset, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

October 12, at Cohasset, Gordon D. Bell of Cohasset and Beth-Ann Lesnikoski of 
Boston, married by Sue A. Anderson, Justice of the Peace. 

October 25, at Cohasset, Sharif Farouk Omer of Carmel, CA. and Kathleen M. Finch 
of Hull, married by Elizabeth Tarbox, Clergy. 

October 26, at Cohasset, Brian Thomas Tichy of Los Angeles, CA and Jennifer Ann 
Sylvester of Los Angeles, CA, married by Rev. Kim A. Thiele, Minister of the Gospel. 

November 8, at Cohasset, Gregory E. Boyle of Boston, and Deanna Christine Joseph 
of Boston, married by John R Mulvehill, Priest. 

December 6, at Cohasset, Randell H. Parkinson of Cohasset and Beverly T. Leutz, of 
Cohasset, married by Lenore Birks, Justice of the Peace. 



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December 8, at Chatham, John Joseph Hanley of Cohasset and Katherine Louise 
Bachman of Cohasset, married by Rene R. Levesque, Priest. 

December 27, at Cohasset, Michael John Brock of FrankHn and Cathleen M. Devin 
of Cohasset, married by Peter F. Quinn, Priest. 



DATE 
DECEMBER 

31 



DEATHS NOT REPORTED PREVIOUSLY 1996 

NAME 
Belmira Barrows 



AGE 

72 



DEATHS FOR THE YEAR 1997 



DATE 


NAME 


JANUARY 




1 


Carmela Denietolis 


6 


Richard E. Donovan 


7 


EHzabeth Workman 


9 


Elizabeth C. Hall 


11 


Elizabeth F. Oliver 


19 


Delia M. Aldrich 


22 


William E. Haynes 


28 


Janet Brown 


29 


Alexander M. Fulton 


30 


Audrey M. Shaw 


31 


Hortense S. Janitschke 


FEBRUARY 




1 


Suzanne L. Chor 


4 


Arthur M. Bilodeau 


10 


Assunta M. Train 


15 


Celia B. Tiffin 


27 


Mary E. Bamicle 


MARCH 




1 


Evelyn May Cann 


16 


Elizabeth L. Gonsalves 


28 


Charles D. O'Brien 


APRIL 




1 


Joseph H. Potolicchio 


2 


Robert D. Blossom Sr. 


4 


Dorothy M. Thomas 


10 


Alberta M. Pratt 


18 


Helena M. Riccio 


27 


Juliette R. Tetreault 


27 


Brynfor D. Hughes, MD 


29 


Donald Ponitz 


30 


Herman Fichmer 



AGE 

94 
69 

78 
87 
70 
81 
64 
73 
72 
87 



95 

75 
91 
95 
82 



94 

82 
70 

58 
60 

87 
86 
74 
77 
65 
73 
68 



104 



DATE 


NAME 


MAY 




2 


LeRoy H. Hall 


3 


Rita C. Fitzpatrick 


5 


Fred J. Balboni 


13 


John W. Powers 


15 


Elien F. Shea 


15 


Norman F. James 


23 


John C. Ryan 


30 


Joseph A. Dunn 


31 


Marquerite L. Hill 


31 


James M. Graham Jr. 


JUNE 




2 


Martha B. Trulson 


9 


Helen Frank 


9 


John F. Hubbard 


12 


James V. Nardo 


12 


Richard J. Quinlan 


JULY 




2 


Thomas C. Daley 


4 


Phyllis M. Ross 


7 


Thomas P. Gormley 


7 


Angelica Savage 


8 


Dorothy V. Graham 


18 


John H. Dean 


22 


Francis P. Carey 


23 


Helen Callahan 


29 


Alice Dorothea O'Brien 


AUGUST 




17 


William H. Larkin 


20 


Alida Simmons 


SEPTEMBER 




2 


IsabelleMagnusson 


10 


Francis F. Farrell 


14 


Evelyn H. Brigandi 


19 


Katherine M. McGrath 


24 


Anna Woolf 


26 


Arthur J. Dixon, Jr. 


30 


George E. Gonsalves 


OCTOBER 




3 


Ann M. Heuston 


10 


Gladys I. DeLancey 


10 


William J. Protulis Sr 


27 


John E. Bartlett, Jr. 


NOVEMBER 




1 


Patrick E. O'Heam 


1 


Inglis MacLennan Winsor 


2 


Marjorie E Litchfield 


6 


Eleanor R. Maletz 


17 


Kathleen Sheila Kelly 


26 


Donna M. Morea 



AGE 

86 
79 
88 
69 

82 
77 
67 
75 
79 
79 

85 
100 
72 
74 
69 

77 
88 
80 
36 
75 
86 
92 
78 
91 

73 
75 

86 
81 
58 
87 
89 
69 
57 

75 
89 
83 
71 

69 
84 
65 
86 
77 
48 



105 



DATE 


NAME 


DECEMBER 

19 

23 


Henry E. Mersch 
Mary R. Mullen 



AGE 

19 

23 



106 



TOWN COUNSEL 

This year was a very active and successful year for the Law Department: 

1 . Advice & Legal Documents . Numerous advisory opinions were rendered through- 
out the year to various Town officials and Boards relating to a wide variety of issues and 
subjects. Frequent and ongoing attention was given to reviewing and/or drafting Bylaws, 
numerous contract documents and agreements, easements, procurement documents, public 
road documents, Warrants for Town meetings (both special and annual town meetings), 
compliance with State Ethics Act, draft legislation for presentation to the General Court, 
various Town rules and regulations, and other legal documents. 

2. Administrative Agency Proceedings . The Town was defended in a number of ad- 
ministrative agency proceedings pending in state agencies, including issues before the Ap- 
pellate Tax Board, Department of Environmental Protection, Norfolk County Retirement 
Board, and bid protests before the Attorney General's office. 

3. Proiects . We assisted in the Turkey Hill land acquisition, various private road is- 
sues. North Cohasset Sewer project (including the Intermunicipal agreement with Hull, 
easement/real estate issues, betterment formulae and various other documents). Central 
Cohasset Sewer Project, contract issues in connection with the new Town garage & new 
school, licensing issues, assistance with the Town's petitions for legislative acts, assistance 
on questions relating to the MBTA Greenbush line, Cohasset Heights Landfill issues, and 
assistance for the Water Commission's proposed new Water Tank construction. 

4. Litigation . As of December 31,1 997, the number of claims and lawsuits in which 
the Town is a party total 45 as follows: 

3 - Matters involving the Board of Selectmen: 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Town of Cohasset, 

Suffolk Sup Ct, No. 38652. 
Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Town of Cohasset, 

Land court Misc. Case No. 212919. 
Edward B. Fitzpatrick, et al v. The Board of Selectmen, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 95-02766. 

6 - Matters involving the Conservation Commission: 

Cohasset Heights, Ltd. v. Cohasset Conservation Commission, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. 96-1886. 
Cohasset Heights. Ltd. v. Cohasset Conservation Commission 

(Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP"), 

File No. 13-399. 
Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Conservation Commission of the Town of Cohasset, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. 94-1989. 
Veneta P. Roebuck, et al v. George Gonsalves, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 93-1482. 
Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Cohasset Conservation Commission 

Norfolk Sup Ct C. A. No. 97-0747. 
Collins V. Cohasset Conservation Commission, 

Norfolk Sup Ct. C. A. 96-232. 



107 



16 - Litigations involving the Board of Assessors: 

(Names withheld) 

10 - Matters involving the Zoning Board of Appeals: 

Donald E. Staszko, Trustee of the Cohasset Development Trust v. Members of the 
Zoning Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 91-614. 
Donald E. Staszko, Trustee of the Cohasset Development Trust v. Members of the 
Zoning Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 94-01232. 
Johnny Appleseeds v. Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 91-03460. 
Peter Roy v. Zoning Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 95-2685. 
Notagangelo v. Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C. A. 97-1392. 
Campbell v. Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C. A. 97-707. 
Palm iter v. Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C. A. 97-0696. 
Chief Justice Cushing Highway Corporation v. Board of Appeals, 

Massachusetts Land Ct, No. 243862. 
Cohasset Development Trust v. Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C. A. 95-2469. 
Cat I in As Trustee of Gulp h River Realty Trust v. Board of Appeals, 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C. A. 96-02553 

1 - Matter involving the Board of Health: 

Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Board of Health of the Town of Cohasset, 
Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 96-1 164. 

9 - Claims pending: 

Monaco v. Town of Cohasset (Department of Public Works). 

Krueger v. Town of Cohasset (Parks and Recreation Commission). 

Johansen v. Town of Cohasset (Department of Public Works). 

Johansen v. Town of Cohasset (School Committee). 

Goffv. Town of Cohasset (School Committee). 

Beatty v. Town of Cohasset (DPW). 

Gerd Ordelhaide v. Town of Cohasset (Police Dept). 

Carbone v. Town of Cohasset (Water Commission). 

Lualdi V. Town of Cohasset (Conservation Commission). 

Respectfully submitted, 



Paul R. DeRensis 
Town Counsel 



108 



TOWN MODERATOR 

To The Citizens of Cohasset: 

One year after the tumultuous Town Meeting session of 1 996, at which several highly 
emotional, "big ticket" matters came before the body the recent 1 997 assembly was notable 
for it's restraint and administrative effectiveness. In my fifth year as Moderator, I find secu- 
rity and affirmation in the cadre of Town Meeting "regulars" whose participation, patience 
and attention to even the most mundane issues and minutia is essential to the survival of the 
Town Meeting model in Cohasset. Of equal importance as we contemplate the new 
millenium, is the emergence of a growing constituency, comprised of young residents, many 
of whom are new to our Town. It is gratifying to see that while balancing careers, child 
rearing and busy, active lives, these concerned activists and advocates are not willing to be 
mere spectators to the growth, prosperity and maintenance of the values and character of 
our community. 

On my list of goals for 1998 will be a renewal of my original mission to work with our 
Town Clerk, Town Manager, Town Counsel and Board of Selectmen in fine-tuning the 
Town Meeting procedures and policies in a manner which will enable this system of gov- 
ernment to remain viable, accessible and "user ft-iendly" for residents at all stages of life, 
from young parent to retiree. To this end, I am particularly gratified that my recommenda- 
tion for a mechanism to facilitate citizen access to Town Counsel for assistance in drafting 
petitions was adopted and implemented under the direction of Town Manager Mark Haddad. 

I wish to extend my thanks to Town Clerk Marion Douglas, Town Manager Mark 
Haddad, Town Counsel Paul DeRensis, Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael Sullivan 
and members of the Board of Selectmen and the Advisory Committee for serving as mod- 
erator and support to me as Moderator at Town Meeting time and throughout the year. 



Respectfully submitted, 



George L. Marlette III 
Town Moderator 



109 



FINANCIAL REPORTS 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

Submitted herewith is my annual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1997. This 
report includes the following: 

GENERAL FUND 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 

4. State and County Assessments 

5. Statement of Revenues, Budget vs. Actual 

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
Town Special Revenue Funds 

3. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
School Special Revenue Funds 

SEWER FUND 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 

WATER FUND 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Retained Earnings 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 

CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

TRUST FUNDS 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

LONG TERM DEBT GROUP OF ACCOUNTS 

1 . Statement of Long Term Debt 

2. Statement of Debt Authorized and Unissued 

OTHER REPORTS 

1 . Reconciliation of Cash Accounts 

2. Free Cash Calculation 

3. Schedule of Reserve Fund Transfers 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. Michael Buckley 
Town Accountant 



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AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 
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Revenue: 






Property Taxes 


12,641,858 




State Aid 


1,351,704 




Excise Taxes 


753,970 




Other Local Receipts 


1,161.037 




Total Revenue 




15,908,569 


Less: 






Expenditures: 






General Government 


1,179.733 




Public Safety 


2.673,537 




Schools 


7,521,448 




Highways 


403,069 




Sanitation(Net of Sewer) 


458,813 




Human Services 


110,062 




Culture & Recreation 


366,809 




Debt Service 


802,002 




Employee Benefits & Insurance 


1,607,355 




State and County Assessments 


538,944 




Total Expenditures 




15,661.772 


Encumbrances: 






Encumbrances 


72,321 




Continued Appropriations 


316.694 




Reserve For Expenditure 


195.000 




Reserve For Expenditure-Prior Year 


(194.994) 




Encumbrances-Prior Year 


(294.165) 





Total Encumbrances 

Other Financing Sources(Uses) 
Operating Transfers In 
Operating Transfers Out 
State Over Assessments 
Snow Deficit Adjustment (net) 
Overiay Transfers(net) 
Miscellaneous Adjustments 

Total Financing Sources(Uses) 

Excess of Revenues Over Expenditures 

Unreserved Fund Balance July 1, 1996 

Unreserved Fund Balance June 30, 1997 



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Estimated 


Actual 


Forward to 


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Charges 


Charges 


Fiscal 1998 


County Tax 


$65,885 


$65,885 





Motor Vehicle Excise Bills 


1,115 


1.115 





Registry Non Renewals 





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Retired Teachers Health Insurance 


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214,377 


237 


Mosquito Control Project 


14,426 


14.426 





Air Pollution Control 


2,337 


2.337 





Metro Area Planning Council 


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1.726 





Special Education 


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2.798 


Police Training 





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(3.600) 


Mass Bay Transit Authority 


158,289 


158,288 


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Charter Schools 


69.950 


69,950 





Totals 


$531,140 


$538,944 


($7,804) 



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TOWN OF COHASSET 
FISCAL 1997 GENERAL FUND REVENUE 
BUDGET vs. ACTUAL 





BUDGET 


ACTUAL 


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TAX LEW 










Real Estate 


12.451,125 


12.263,853 


(187,272) 


98.5% 


Personal Property 


149.469 


148.115 


(1.354) 


99.1% 


Tax Liens 





121,530 


121,530 


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16,738 


16,738 


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91.621 


91,621 


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Total Tax Levy 


12,600,594 


12,641,858 


41,264 


100.3% 


STATE AID 


719.809 


719,809 







School Chapter 70 


100.0% 


Additional Assistance 


209,013 


209,013 





100.0% 


School Transportation 


60,189 


63.405 


3.216 


105.3% 


Veterans' Reimbursements 


1.178 


1.486 


308 


126.1% 


Highway Fund 


34.765 


34,765 





100.0% 


Lottery 


287.310 


287,310 





100.0% 


Veterans' Exemptions 


6,288 





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0.0% 


Elderly Exemptions 


6.932 


6,024 


(908) 


86.9% 


State Owned Land 


527 


527 





100.0% 


Charter School Assistance 





27,960 


27.960 


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Miscellaneous 





1.405 


1.405 


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Total State Aid 


1.326,011 


1,351,704 


25,693 


101.9% 


LOCAL RECEIPTS 


654,717 


753,970 


99,253 




Motor Vehicle Excise 


115.2% 


Boat Excise 


7,400 


7.024 


(376) 


94.9% 


Penalty & Interest on Taxes 










Property Taxes 


32.000 


29,611 


(2.389) 


92.5% 


Liens 


40,000 


70.387 


30,387 


176.0% 


Excise 


5,500 


8,331 


2.831 


151.5% 


R.T.F. Stickers 


100,000 


95,078 


(4.922) 


95.1% 



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TOWN OF COHASSET 
FISCAL 1997 GENERAL FUND REVENUE 
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BUDGET 


ACTUAL 


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Fees 








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Weights & Measures 


500 


874 


374 


174.8% 


Ambulance 


95.000 


115.682 


20,682 


121.8% 


Fire Department Other 


5,000 


5,418 


418 


108.4% 


Town Clerk 


10,000 


11,295 


1,295 


113.0% 


Treasurer/Collector 


22,000 


21.752 


(248) 


98.9% 


Board Of Selectmen 


4,000 


4.189 


189 


104.7% 


ZBA 





600 


600 




Planning Board 


3,400 


2.050 


(1.350) 


60.3% 


Conservation Commission 


7,500 


6.563 


(937) 


87.5% 


Police 


11.700 


7.730 


(3,970) 


66.1% 


Assessors 


200 


469 


269 


234.5% 


Dog Officer 





597 


597 




Cohasset Heights 


65.000 


80.745 


15.745 


124.2% 


Recycling 


5,000 


8.245 


3.245 


164.9% 


Transfer Station Fees 


12.000 


9.125 


(2,875) 


76.0% 


Rentals 





128 


128 




Library Fees 


3.000 


3,372 


372 


112.4% 


Cemetery Fees 


5.600 


6,346 


746 


113.3% 


Recreation Fees 


42.000 


45.400 


3,400 


108.1% 


In Lieu of Tax 





5,157 


5,157 




Licenses & Permits 










Facilities (Beach Stickers) 


19.000 


26.363 


7,363 


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Board Of Health 


23.000 


30.351 


7,351 


132.0% 


Building 


33.100 


122.043 


88,943 


368.7% 


Plumbing 


6.000 


8.769 


2,769 


146.2% 


Gas 


3.000 


3.145 


145 


104.8% 


Electrical 


3,800 


9,191 


5,391 


241.9% 


Dog 


6,800 


7.970 


1,170 


117.2% 


Alcoholic Beverage 


17,500 


16.205 


(1.295) 


92.6% 


Selectmen Other 


3,800 


5.075 


1.275 


133.6% 


Selectmen Road Openings 


3,700 


3,525 


(175) 


95.3% 


Unclassified 





34,727 


34,727 




Fines & Forfeits 










Parking 


21.000 


30,661 


9,661 


146.0% 


Court Fines 


5.000 


7.795 


2,795 


155.9% 


Registry Fines 


22.000 


23.496 


1,496 


106.8% 


Animal Control 





389 


389 




Investment Income 


104.000 


239,846 


135,846 


230.6% 


Harbor Fees 


42.000 


45,320 


3,320 


107.9% 


Total Local Receipts 


1,445,217 


1,915,007 


469,790 


132.5% 


General Fund Total 


15,371,822 


15,908,568 


536,746 


103.5% 



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REVENUES 








Taxes & Excise 









Licenses & Permits 









Interest Income 









Intergovemmental 
User Charges 
Departmental Charges 
Fines 






301,105 

200,460 

171,070 




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Total Revenues 








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Personal Services 






400,947 


General Expenses 
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339,896 




Total Expenditures 





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740,843 


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(68,208) 


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(130) 


(1,064) 


37,842 


Fund Balance 6/30/97 


(130) 


(2,908) 


(30,365) 



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Town of Cohasset 
Sewer Fund 
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For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1997 



Revenue:* 

User Charges 
Sewer Liens 
Miscellaneous 

Total Revenue 

Expenditures 
Encumbrances 
Transfer to General Fund 

Total Expenditures & Encumbrances 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures 

Undesignated Fund Balance July 1, 1996 

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Transfers from General Fund 

Operating Deficit 

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121,220 

5,831 

700 






127.751 


202,391 
44,342 
15,000 






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(133,982) 









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in Retained Earnings 
For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1997 



Revenue:* 

User Charges 1,128,714 

Water Liens 48,174 

Water Fees 29.607 

Penalties & Interest 16,317 

State Reimbursements 29,743 

Hydrants Charges 104,095 



Total Revenue 1,356,6501 

Expenditures 1,200,909 

Encumbrances 156,923 

Transfer to General Fund 9,000 



Total Expenditures & Encumbrances (1,366,833 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures (1 0, 1 83]j 

Retained Earnings July 1, 1996 0| 

Add: Prior year Encumbrances closed 104,4941 

Refunding Adjustment 5,000| 

Operating Surplus 99,3111 

Less: Loan Repayment to General Fund 99,311 ; 

Retained Earnings June 30, 1997 

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CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 
STATEMENT OF REVENUES & EXPENDITURES 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 





Balance 


Bonds 


Temporary 


Transfers/ 




Fund 




Forward 


Payable 


Borrowing 


Revenue Expenditures 


Balance 


Design of New Cemetery 


5,020 








5,020 





Police & Fire Station Renovation 


710 








710 





Ambulance 


4 






(4) 





(0) 


Hartxjr Dredging 


22.850 




75.000 




44.327 


53,523 


Haggerty Property Acquisition 


8.485 








6.143 


2,342 


Fire Pumper Truck 


528 








528 





Landfill Capping 


835,413 


1.315,000 


(930,000) 




1,013,946 


206,466 


Fuel Tank Installation 


73.057 








73,057 





Public Works Garage 


716.299 




230.000 




899.322 


46,977 


Cedar Street Water Main 







60,000 




60,000 





School Boilers 


63 






(63) 








Alumni Field 


110.661 








110,661 





Alumni Field Completion 


99,700 








76.476 


23.224 


Wheelchair Lift 


6.915 








5,029 


1,886 


High School Bathrooms 


64 






(64) 








Deer Hill Oil Tank 


(277) 






277 








School Repair-FY93 


14 






(14) 








New Elementary School 


380,538 




515,250 




448,831 


446,957 


Downtown Sewer Construction 







162,500 




51,480 


111,020 


Sewer Engineering 


19.426 


120,000 


(120,000) 




19.426 





Sewer Inflow & Infiltration Repairs 


64,668 


70,000 


(70,000) 




52,362 


12,306 


Straits Pond Sewerage 


40.910 


365.000 


261,750 




626.619 


41,041 


Downtown Sewerage Engineering 


36.830 








36,436 


394 


Water Treatment Plant Repairs 


159.692 


240.000 


(240,000) 




159,692 





Water Meter Replacements 


59.064 


310,000 


(310,000) 




59,064 


(0) 


Water Distribution System Repairs 


851.687 


1,900,000 


(1,900,000) 




798,326 


53,361 


Fund Totals 


$3,492,320 


$4,320,000 


($2,265,500) 


$132 

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$4,547,455 


$999,497 

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140 



TRUST FUNDS 
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 



Expenses & Reserved 
Balance Donations & Investment Transfers to For FY98 Balance 
July 1, 1996 Receipts Income General Fund Expenditure June 30, 1997 



PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS 
Billings Park Fund 
Billings Common Fund 
H.W. Wadleigh Park Fund 
Wheelwright Park Fund 
Edith M. Bates Fund 

CEMETERIES 

Perpetual Care-Woodside Cemetery 

Perpetual Care-Beechwood Cemetery 

Beechwood Cemetery Association 

Estate of Harry E. Wilbur 

Charlotte Lincoln Bell Memorial Fund 

Isadora B. Newey Fund 

Cedar Street Cemetery 

SCHOOLS 
Ripley Fund 

James W. Nichols Scholarship Fund 
Major William Arthur Scholarship Fund 
Alice and Walter Shuebruk Scholarship Fund 
William Ripley Jr., Athletic Fund 
John F. Creamer Scholarship Fund 
Margaret M. Hardy Scholarship Fund 
Helen & Malcom Stevens Scholarship Fund 
Noel Ripley Scholarship 

OTHER 

Stabilization Fund 

Carbone Lane 

Health Insurance Trust Fund 

Conservation Fund 

Beechwood Improvement Association 

Beechwood Ball Park Fund 

Retirement Fund 

Town Pump Maintenance 

Milliken Field Gift 

Reed Corner Trust Fund 

Arts Lottery Fund 

PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
Vanguard Star Fund 

TRUST FUND TOTALS 



1.144 




39 




40 


1,143 


1.005 




34 




30 


1.009 


5,897 




202 




230 


5,869 


16.194 




554 




700 


16,048 


6,313 




214 






6.527 


119.725 


2,475 


4.086 




4,800 


121,486 


7,637 




262 




350 


7.549 


3,567 




121 






3,688 


6,116 




206 






6,323 


28.586 




957 


1.675 




27,869 


21.637 




733 






22,370 


3,468 




119 




150 


3,437 


5.178 




175 






5,353 


3.979 




127 


1,200 




2.906 


7.869 




265 


52 




8,082 


12.524 




419 


250 




12,693 


13,702 


797 


459 


745 




14.213 


1,252 




42 


200 




1.094 


230.360 




8,693 


12,000 




227,053 


158.876 




5,912 


2,250 




162.538 


20,389 


550 


688 


500 




21,127 


193,701 


100,000 


11,799 






305,500 


19.647 











19,647 


70.781 




3.699 






74.480 


32.617 




1.725 


25.648 




8.694 


5,531 




289 






5,820 


-249 




9 






258 


816,377 




24,013 




60.000 


780,390 


1.472 




76 






1,548 


2,954 




2,187 


5,141 







119 




8 






127 


2.630 


4,075 


138 






6.843 


539,214 




56,169 


8,296 




587,087 


2,360,710 

========== 


107,897 


124,420 


57,957 


66,300 


2.468,771 

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ANNUAL DEBT REPO RT 



Project 


Amount 
of Issue 


Date of 
Issue 


Term 


Rate 


Principal C 
Payment 


Outstanding 
Balance 


Pay-off 
Date 


INSIDE DEBT LIMIT: 
















Town Hall Project 


1.060.000 


06/01/89 


13yrs. 


6.7% 


81,750 


368,000 


06/01/02 


Transfer Station 


550,000 


06/01/89 


13yrs. 


6.7% 


50,000 


195.000 


06/01/02 


School Floors & Walls 


115,000 


08/28/91 


5yrs. 


6.45% 


15.000 





08/28/96 


Classroom Renovations 


250.000 


06/01/89 


13yrs. 


6.7 


30.375 





06/01/97 


School Science Labs 


70,000 


06/01/89 


9yrs. 


6.7% 


7.875 


7.000 


06/01/98 


Police/Fire Renovation 


395.000 


11/01/90 


lOyrs. 


7.17% 


39.000 


156.000 


11/01/00 


Joseph Osgood Projects 


115,000 


11/01/90 


9yrs. 


7.17% 


12.800 


38.200 


11/01/99 


School Renovations-HS/JO 


95.000 


12/04/92 


5yrs. 


4.75% 


19,000 


19.000 


12/04/97 


Fire Pumper 


208.000 


03/01/94 


lOyrs. 


5.3% 


20,000 


140.000 


03/01/04 


School Boilers - Osgood 


85,000 


03/01/94 


9yrs. 


5.3% 


10,000 


55.000 


03/01/03 


Ambulance 


72.000 


03/01/94 


4yrs. 


5.3% 


15,000 


15.000 


03/01/98 


Haggerty Property 


456.000 


02/15/96 


16yrs. 


4-5.05% 


27,000 


429,000 


02/15/12 


Fuel Tanks & Renovations 


299,415 


02/15/96 


lOyrs. 


4-4.95% 


32.600 


266.815 


02/15/06 


School Buses 


66,000 


02/15/96 


4yrs. 


4.25-4.95% 


16,500 


49,500 


02/15/00 


Athletic Fields 


99,700 


02/15/96 


15yrs 


4-4.95% 


6,700 


93.000 


02/15/11 


Athletic Fields 


775.000 


02/15/96 


15yrs 


4-4.95% 


55,400 


719,600 


02/15/11 


Sewer Engineering 


196.885 


02/15/96 


4yrs. 


4.25-4.95% 


49,800 


147,085 


02/15/00 


Public Works Garage 


752.000 


02/15/96 


16yrs. 


4-5.05% 


42,000 


710.000 


02/15/12 


Sewer Engineering 


120,000 


08/15/96 


4yrs. 


6.1% 





120,000 


8/15/00 


Straits Pond 


365,000 


08/15/96 


20 yrs. 


4.65-6.1% 





365,000 


8/15/16 


Downtown Sewer 1 & 1 


70,000 


08/15/96 


20 yrs. 


4.65-6.1% 





70.000 


8/15/16 


Landfill Capping 


1,315,000 


08/15/96 


20 yrs. 


4.65-6.1% 





1.315,000 


8/15/16 


TOTALS-lnside Debt Limit 










530,800 


5,278,200 





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ANNUAL DEBT REPORT 



Project 



OUTSIDE DEBT LIMIT: 

Water Treatment Plant 
Land Acquisition 
Watemiain Project I & II 
System Repairs 1995-6 
TOTALS-Outside Debt Limit 
GRAND TOTAL 



Amount Date of Term Rate 

of Issue Issue 



FY97 06/30/97 
Principal Outstanding Pay-off 
Payment Balance Date 



2,500,000 01/01/78 34yrs. 5.00% 

1,900,000 11/01/90 15yrs. 7.17% 

195,000 08/15/96 8yrs. 4.65-6.1% 

2,450,000 08/15/96 20yrs. 4.65-6.1% 



73,000 1,095.000 01/01/12 

123,200 1,190,800 11/01/05 

25,000 190,000 8/15/04 

2,450,000 8/15/16 

221,200 4,925,800 

752,000 10,204,000 



Amounts Authorized and Unissued: 

Auth. Auth. 

Project Date Amount 

Sewer Construction-Downtown 03/29/97 13,496,800 

Sewer Construction-Straits 03/29/97 540,000 

On-Site Septic Systems 03/29/97 3,000,000 

Water System Improvements 03/29/97 2,130,500 

Public Works Garage 10/28/96 230,000 

Public Works Garage 10/28/96 60,000 

Sewer Construction-Straits 04/01/96 5,674,300 

Sewer Construction-Downtown 03/30/96 70,000 

Sewer Construction-Downtown 03/30/96 190,000 

Harbor Dredging 11/06/95 75,000 

Cemetery Repairs 04/01/89 25,000 

Elementary School 03/30/96 9,890,000 

Elementary School Design 03/30/96 180,000 

Wheelchair Lift 03/26/94 6,000 

School Bus 03/26/94 3,042 

Oil Tank Removal 03/26/94 12,920 

Landfill Capping 03/26/94 3,929 

Sewer Engineering 10/24/94 20,861 

Totals 35.608.352 



* Rescinded October 27. 1 997 



143 



RECONCILIATION OF TOWN CASH ACCOUNTS 
JUNE 30, 1997 



01 General Fund 1,947,998 

12 School Lunch Fund 

13 Highway Fund 119,821 
15 School Special Revenue Fund 504 
18 Town Special Revenue Fund 234,101 
25 Sewer Fund 44,278 
27 Sewer Capital Fund 164,760 
30 Capital Projects Fund 811,524 

61 Water Fund 156,923 

62 Water Capital Projects Fund 53,360 
81 Trust Funds 2,554,504 
8 9 Agency Fund 48,092 



ACCOUNTANT TOTAL $6,135,866 

Less: Library Trust Capital 

Appreciation 4 97 



ACCOUNTANT ADJUSTED TOTAL 6,135,369 

Bank of Boston 1,608,378 

Boston Safe Deposit 356,411 

Citizens Bank 429,452 

Fleet Bank 237,015 

Mass Municipal Depository 363,121 

Rockland Trust Company 355,223 

State Street Bank & Trust 27,345 

Certificates of Deposits 204,267 

Trust Funds & Investments 2,554,007 

Cash on Hand 150 



TREASURER TOTAL $6,135,369 



144 



FREE CASH CALCULATION 
JUNE 30, 1997 



Unexpended Balance Fiscal 1996: 75,931 

Decrease in Uncollected Property Taxes: 69,998 

Surplus Local Receipts: 

Motor Vehicle Excise 99,253 

Penalties & Interest on Taxes 30,829 

Ambulance 20,682 

Building Pennits 88,943 

Insurance Refunds 34,727 

Investment Income 135,846 

Sewer Charges 34,751 

Other Local Receipts 59,510 504,541 

Returned Appropriations: 

Storm Cleanup 23,21 1 

Workers' Compensation 36,155 

Health Insurance 54,274 

Other Returned Appropriations 1 1 8,045 231 ,685 

Water Department Payment to General Fund 99,31 1 

Department of Revenue Adjustments (2,580) 

School Lunch Fund Deficit (30,869) 

June 30, 1997 Free Cash Certification 948,017 



145 



SCHEDULE OF RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 



DEPARTMENT 


BUDGET LINE 


DATE 


AMOUNT 


Library 


Capital Outlay 


09/24/96 


$1,307 


Harbormaster 


General Expenses 


10/28/96 


1,319 


Planning Board 


General Expenses 


10/28/96 


1.200 


Selectmen 


Fuel Tank Installation 


12/10/96 


3.500 


Selectmen 


James Brook Flooding 


12/10/96 


9.740 


Board of Health 


Personal Computer 


12/17/96 


1.000 


School Department 


New School Bus 


01/14/97 


1.264 


Animal Control 


General Expenses 


03/18/97 


1,102 


Conservation 


General Expenses 


03/18/97 


2.670 


Conservation 


Greenbush Mitigation 


03/25/97 


2,000 


Zoning Board of Appeal 


General Expenses 


04/05/97 


892 


Selectmen 


Fuel Tank Installation 


04/05/97 


6,302 


Town Administrator 


Personal Services 


04/05/97 


2,800 


Elections & T.M. 


Personal Services 


05/20/97 


250 


School Department 


Special Education 


05/20/97 


29,719 


Highway 


Garage Expense 


05/20/97 


875 


Assessors 


Personal Services 


05/20/97 


1,392 


Wire Department 


General Expenses 


05/20/97 


595 


Town Reports 


General Expenses 


05/20/97 


558 


Planning Board 


General Expenses 


05/20/97 


900 


Legal 


Town Counsel 


07/08/97 


2,685 


Tov^m Administrator 


Personal Services 


07/08/97 


3,048 


Legal 


Special Counsel 


07/08/97 


8,224 


Highway 


Snow Removal 


07/08/97 


2.914 


Parking Clerk 


General Expenses 


07/08/97 


109 


Legal 


Special Counsel 


07/08/97 


893 


Legal 


Town Counsel 


07/08/97 


7,083 


Treasurer 


General Expenses 


07/08/97 


933 


Treasurer 


Banking Services 


07/08/97 


4,151 


Unemployment 


General Expenses 


07/08/97 


575 



Total 



$100,000 



146 



BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

The property tax levy is the revenue a community can raise through real and personal 
property taxes. For the Town of Cohasset this represents approximately 70% of the total 
dollars required to fund the town budget. The total tax levy for fiscal year 1997 was $12, 
600,594.01 . The total fiill and fair cash value of all taxable property in a community usually 
changes each year as properties are added or removed from the tax roles and market values 
increase or decrease. It is extremely important that fair and equitable assessments of all 
properties be maintained to ensure equal distribution of the property tax base. 

Currently, Cohasset is involved in a continuous six-year cyclical program which be- 
gan in 1993 requiring that we inspect approximately 500 parcels of real estate a year. Rel- 
evant data about house style, type of construction, size, shape and description of the living 
space is necessary to maintain accurate property descriptions. Also important in the equa- 
tion is tracking market trends for analysis. Cohasset had 122 arms' length sales transactions 
reported for fiscal year 1997. Sales activity was down from 1996 which had 139 sales 
reported. Although the number of transactions are slightly down market values continue to 
be on the rise. The third quarter median value for 1997 was $284,500, a $71,000 increase 
over 1996. 

The Annual Town Meeting of 1997 adopted Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the Acts of 
1986 to grant an additional real estate tax exemption of not more than fifty (50%) percent 
under clauses 17, 17C1/2, 17D, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 37, 37A, 41, 41B, 41C, 42 & 
43 of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws. Adopting this section 
has enabled the Assessors to increase all exemptions by fifty percent. 

The Assessors wish to acknowledge Assistant Assessor/ Appraiser Cheryl A. Pooler 
for her dedication and professionalism, along with the hardworking staff of Janice Rosano 
and Debra Krupczak. Lastly, we would also like to thank the residents of the Town of 
Cohasset for their continued support. 

The fiscal 1997 Tax Rate has been set at $15.05. 

Following is a distribution of values by type for the town of Cohasset. 

PROPERTY TYPE VALUATION 

Residential $775,261,000.00 

Commercial $ 47,02 1 ,300.00 

Industrial $ 5,035,000.00 

Personal Property $ 9,93 1 ,47 1 .00 

Respectfully submitted, 

James W. Lagrotteria, Chairman 

Michael C. Patrolia 

Ross W. Rosano, Secretary 



147 



REPORT OF THE COLLECTOR 

July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997 

TOTAL COMMITMENT OF WARRANTS 
FROM THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

1995 Motor Vehicle Excise Commitments $ 1,659.68 

1996 Motor Vehicle Excise Commitments 103,639.86 

1997 Motor Vehicle Excise Commitments 696,758.94 
1 997 Boat Excise Commitment 1 6,956.00 
1 997 Personal Property Commitment 1 49,469.00 
1997 Real Estate Commitment / including Liens 12,518,313.00 

Total Commitment of Warrants from the Fire Department 1 28,983.92 

Total Commitment of Warrants from the Harbor Master 30,540.00 

Total Commitment of Warrants from the Water Department 1 , 1 70,240.62 

Total Commitment of Warrants from the Sewer Department 128,325.62 

Total Commitments Fiscal 1997 $ 14,944,886.64 



TOTAL ABATEMENT CERTIFICATES FROM THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

Levy of 1995 

Motor Vehicle 272.19 

Levy of 1996 

Boat Excise 517.00 

Motor Vehicle 12,263.57 

Real Estate 5,673.85 

Levy of 1997 

Boat Excise 964.55 

Motor Vehicle 9,628.97 

Personal Property 25.59 

Real Estate 46,831.51 

DEPARTMENTAL ABATEMENTS 

Ambulance - all years 2,161.01 

Mooring - all years 1,155.00 

Total Abatements Granted During Fiscal 1997 $ 79,493.24 

TOTAL ABATEMENTS FROM THE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENTS 

Water $ 8,210.71 

Sewer 3,611.54 

UNPAID TAXES AND CHARGES - June 30, 1996 

1993 Motor Vehicle Excise 6,418.51 

1994 Motor Vehicle Excise 5,038.04 

1995 Motor Vehicle Excise 7,740.33 

1996 Motor Vehicle Excise 15,965.54 

1 997 Motor Vehicle Excise 98,275.75 

1993 Boat Excise 191.00 

1994 Boat Excise 311.00 



148 



1995 Boat Excise 590.00 

1996 Boat Excise 991.00 

1997 Boat Excise 3,453.00 

1991 Personal Property 975.15 

1992 Personal Property 1,130.78 

1993 Personal Property 1,682.50 

1 994 Personal Property 1 ,764. 5 1 

1995 Personal Property 1,982.56 

1996 Personal Property 2,213.24 

1997 Personal Property 4,454.82 
1997 Real Estate (including liens & penalties) 256,214.76 



DEPARTMENTAL: 

Ambulance Services (all years) 
Mooring fees (all years) 

WATER DEPARTMENT: 

Water Meters (all years) 

SEWER DEPARTMENT: 

Sewer Use Charges (all years) 



409,392.49 


67,817.19 
0.00 


67,817.19 


122,452.58 


$ 14,045.27 



Respectfully Submitted, 



Joseph D. Buckley, Treasurer-Collector 
December 16,1997 



149 



GROSS SALARIES & WAGES PAID 

IN CALENDAR YEAR 1997 

(Includes, where applicable, stipends, special details and holiday pay) 



NAME 


GROSS WAGES 


DEVENEY, SARA M. 


943.88 


LONDERGAN, MARY E. 


32L04 


NAJMI, VIRGINIA L. 


1,127.24 


STUDLEY, JOYCE D. 


26,812.79 


WINN, ELLEN B. 


23,186.85 



NAME GROSS WAGES 

ACCOUNTANT -TOTAL 76,705.89 



SELECTMEN 

DOYON, GREGORY J. 
HADDAD, MARK W. 
MCCANN JR., EDWARD G. 

TOWN MANAGER 



52,391.80 

7,386.09 
24,137.93 
33,643.96 

65,167.98 



BROWN, MERLE S. 


1,166.64 


LEHR JR., ARTHUR L. 


250.00 


MARLETTE HI, GEORGE 


1.00 


MCGUIRE, KATHLEEN M. 


10,040.00 


MCMORRIS, ROSEANNE M. 


999.96 


PRATT, PETER J. 


333.32 


ROTH, NANCY A. 


999.96 


SULLIVAN, DIANE C. 


666.64 


SULLIVAN, MICHAEL H. 


1,333.32 


WADSWORTH, DAVID H. 


500.00 


SELECTMEN -^OTAL 


16,290.84 


BACCARI, DOMENIC M. 


72.00 


CHARLES, MARGARET R. 


326.00 


DOUGLAS, MARION L. 


329.00 


FLINT, LOUISE 


55.00 


HERNAN, MARGARET 


135.00 


KENT, SUSAN 


60.00 


KOED, FRED 


60.00 


KRUPCZAK, DEBRA J. 


175.90 


LINCOLN, DAVID 


779.83 


LINCOLN, KATHERINE M. 


55.00 


MACLURE, JANET 


55.00 


JCGUIRE, JACQUELYN R. 


646.97 


PARMENTER, DOROTHEA 


326.00 


PRATT, RUTH F. 


55.00 


PROTULIS, DEBORAH B. 


5,538.35 


RHODES, KATHLEEN M. 


204.92 


ROSANO, JANICE M. 


677.18 


SOULE, KEVIN W. 


136.89 


ST. PIERRE, CAROL L. 


2,774.66 


THOMPSON, JEAN J. 


55.00 


TUCKERMAN, GRACE R. 


55.00 


VOLUNGIS, JUDITH R 


326.00 


WALDFOGEL, GERTRUDE F. 


55.00 


ELECTIONS -^OTAL 


12,953.70 


BUCKLEY JR., J. MICHAEL 


49,328.61 


FARRELL, MARY M. 


13,303.19 


NOONAN, NANCY ANN 


14,074.09 



KRUPCZAK, DEBRA J. 
POOLER, CHERYL A. 
ROSANO, JANICE M. 

ASSESSORS 

LAGROTTERIA, JAMES W. 
PATROLLA, MICHAEL C. 
ROSANO, ROSS 

ASSESSORS ^TOTAL 



15,643.71 I 

47,164.52 I 

26,962.79 

89,771.02 

1,299.96 
1,200.00 
1,200.00 

3,699.96 



BUCKLEY, JOSEPH D. 


42,267.94 


LINCOLN, SALLY A. 


26,962.79 


LITCHFIELD, LINDA M. 


27,233.58 


NOONAN, NANCY ANN 


10,940.47 


PROTULIS, DEBORAH B. 


2,002.72 


TREASURER-COLLECTOR 


109,407.50 


ANDERSON, NANCY M. 


172.00 


CROSSEN, ALBA M. 


257.25 


DOULGAS, MARION L. 


39,177.84 


HERNAN, MARGARET 


163.75 


HIGGINS, JEAN F. 


828.25 


MCGUIRE, JACQUELYN R. 


25,006.19 


STEVERMAN, MADELEINE, E 


.521.75 


TOWN CLERK -TOTAL 


66,127.03 


MICCICHE, ANN MARIE 


13,175.27 


PLANNING BOARD -^OTAL 


13,175.27 



COCHRAN, JOSEPH E., CUST. 3,659. 1 7 

TOWN HALL -TOTAL 3,659. 1 7 

AINSLIE JR., LAWRENCE D. 45,143.28 

COGILL, DAVID C. 57,28 1.15 

CONTE,JOHNC. 56,181.82 

DASILVA, THOMAS O. 46, 1 03.43 

DOUGLAS, PATRICIA A. 52.02 

GEDDES, SASHAA. 684.58 

GRASSIE JR., FREDERICK H. 49, 1 54.25 

HUNT, GARRET A. 4 1 ,706.03 

JACKSON, ROBERT W. 5 1 ,870. 1 7 

JONES, CLIFTON B. 50,733.63 

LAUGELLE, PAUL J. 41,563.18 

LENNON, GREGORY J. 46,608.3 1 

N4ATOS, LISA M. 46,765.25 

MCGUIRE, KATHLEEN M. 531.30 

MCLEAN, JAMES P. 1 ,497.00 

NOONAN, BRIAN W. 58,365.46 



150 



NAME 



GROSS WAGES 



NAME 



GROSS WAGES 



PETERS, SHELLEE L. 


48,780.71 


POMARICO, DAVID J. 


54,125.08 


QUIGLEY, WILLIAM R 


46,812.30 


RATTENBURY, YVKl IE R. 


16,562.11 


SMALL, JOHN H. 


48,380.11 


TARANTINO, CHRISTY J. 


2,851.21 


TREANOR, JEFFREY 


49,625.89 


YOCUM, RICHARD 


48,140.42 


POLICE DEPARTMENT -TOTAL 


909,518.69 


ANDREWS JR., ALBERT L. 


11,657.89 


DOUGLAS, PATRICIA A. 


26,710.17 


GEDDES,SASHAA. 


25,873.97 


WEEKS, DAVID JOHN 


33,495.91 


WIGMORE, THOMAS 


29,033.25 


POLICE — DISATCHERS -TOTAL 


126,771.19 


BILODEAU,PAULT. 


52,136.59 


BOSWELL III, JOHN T 


10,086.29 


CORBO, EDWARD, M. 


48,391.81 


CURLEY, JAMES F. 


49,119.21 


DOCKRAY, JOHN J. 


46,204.93 


FINEGAN, THOMAS R 


48,726.82 


FIORI, JAMES E. 


47,457.41 


GURRY, JAMES L. 


60,988.12 


HENDERSON, JANE E. 


13,394.59 


HERNAN, JOHN M. 


14,387.21 


LINCOLN, ROGER W 


58,366.33 


LITCHFIELD, WILLIAM T. 


46,582.16 


MAHONEY JR., FRANCIS X. 


45,637.68 


MARR, MATTHEW B. 


48,125.25 


MCGAFFIGAN, PAUL F. 


5,710,82 


PRATT, PHILIP A. 


14,478.60 


PROTULIS, ROBERT F. 


47,485.61 


PROTULIS, WILLIAM J. 


42,380.94 


ROSANO, RANDALL W. 


45,145.49 


RUNEY, JAMES R 


51,342.86 


SILVIA, ROBERT D. 


49,131.76 


STRUZIK, EDWARD J. 


49,471.34 


TRASK, MARK H. 


55,127.70 


WENZLOW, ERIC W. 


45,320.78 


FIRE DEPARTMENT -TOTAL 


995,200.30 


ANDREWS JR., ALBERT L. 


1,131.98 


BROOKE, WILLIAM E. 


2,937.42 


MACNEILL, JOHN M. 


2,615.02 


MACNEILL, JORDAN C. 


774.06 


MAYNARD, HERMON J. 


3,159.82 


MAYNARD, STEVEN L. 


2,450.54 


MCARTHUR, WILLIAM H. 


2,708.46 


MCGUIRE, KATHLEEN M. 


2,386.06 


MCKAY, THOMAS A. 


2,708.46 


MIGLIACCIO, JOSEPH A. 


3,066.38 


PRATT, BRUCE W. 


2,063.66 


PRATT, PHILIP A. 


3,998.14 


CALL FIRE DEPARTMENT ^TOTAL 


30,000.00 


BELSON, MATTHEW 


1,445.41 


COOK, TREVOR D. 


2,482.00 


LAUGELLE JR., PETER G. 


54.54 


LAUGELLE, PETER G. 


22,925.10 



MARSH, HERBERT L. 


14,005.71 


MCELANEY, ANDREW J. 


448.00 


PEREIRA, ANTHONY J. 


13,311.28 


PEIPENBRINK, ROBERT 


14,135.53 


TREE AND PARK DEPARTMENT 




TOTAL 


68,807.57 


BAGGS, ROBERT 


6,148.00 


DICKSON, CLIFFORD J. 


900.00 


JOHNSON, ROBERT A. 


2,256.00 


MARKS JR., DAVID R. 


400.00 


TARANTINO, CHRISTY J. 


52.00 


WIGMORE, THOMAS 


1,308.50 


WINTERS, JOHN H. 


31,368.47 



HARBOR DEPARTMENT ^TOTAL 42,432.97 



EGAN, ROBERT M. 
MURRAY, SANDRA J. 



44,669.43 
13,701.10 



BUILDING DEPARTMENT -T"OTAL 58,370.53 



MIGLL\CCIO, PAUL L. 



750.00 



WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ^TOTAL 750.00 
WIGMORE, STEPHEN F. 45,469.55 

WIRE DEPARTMENT -TOTAL 45,469.55 



BABB, GEORGE C. 


2,103.50 


BELSON, MATTHEW 


224.72 


BORLAND, J. STEPHEN 


354.50 


BUTMAN, KENNETH BARRY 


32,584.24 


COOK, TREVOR D. 


116.00 


CURLEY, JAMES F. 


3,018.54 


EKBOM JR., LEO A. 


15,169.88 


FIGUEIREDO, JANET L. 


174.04 


LAUGELLE, PETER G. 


27,157.15 


LINCOLN, DAVID 


3,170.65 


LITCHFIELD, HAROLD W. 


48,756.18 


LIVINGSTON, BOYD J. 


34,670.32 


MARSH, HERBERT L. 


15,006.30 


MCELANEY, ANDREW J. 


2,366.00 


MCELANEY, MICHAEL J. 


994.00 


PEREIRA, ANTHONY J 


10,436.31 


PEIPENBRINK, ROBERT 


16,041.63 


POLAND, RICHARD M. 


14,804.79 


SESTITO, ANTHONY 


41,735.80 


SESTITO,CARLA. 


33,496.64 


SESTITO, WILLIAM 


49.00 


SIMEONE, LOUIS N. 


208.00 


SNOW, MARY L. 


16,598.32 


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC 




WORKS -TOTAL 


319,236.51 


BABB, GEORGE C. 


759.50 


BUTMAN, KENNEIH BARRY 


157.11 


EKBOM JR., LEO A. 


14,236.13 



151 



NAME 



GROSS WAGES 



NAME 



GROSS WAGES 



FIGUEIREDO, JANET L. 


256.92 


LINCOLN, DAVID 


154.67 


LIVINGSTON, BOYD J. 


172.90 


PIEPENBRINK, ROBERT 


144.75 


POLAND, RICHARD M. 


14,373.58 


SIMEONE, LOUIS N. 


400.00 


THOMPSON, JOHN F. 


833.25 


TRANSFER STATION ^TOTAL 


31,488.81 


MICCICHE, ANN MARIE 


3,844.17 


SEWER DEPARTMENT -^OTAL 


3,844.17 


CAHILL, KATHLEEN M. 


461.70 


DEOLFVEIRA, JANET R 


9,298.69 


CONSERVATION COMMISSION 




TOTAL 


9,760.39 


GODZIK, JOSEPH R. 


48,577.38 


HUBBELL, JOANN 


10,581.60 


MICCICHE, ANN MARIE 


2,103.67 


PROTULIS, DEBORAH B. 


9,839.91 


BOARD OF HEALTH ^TOTAL 


71, 102.56 


BRYANTON, KATHLEEN R. 


41,736.91 


COSSEITE, ELIZABETH A. 


3,932.63 


GLENZEL, KATHERINE A. 


3,823.77 


GUILD, LINDSAY J. 


759.45 


MCCARTHY, LINDA J. 


6,762.88 


RYAN, PATRICL\ J. 


1,080.00 


SILVL\, JENNIFER L. 


1,253.20 


ELDER AFFAIRS, COUNCIL ON 




TOTAL 


59,348.84 


RIPLEY, NOEL 


1,599.96 


VETERANS' AGENT -TOTAL 


1,599.96 


BUTMAN JR., ROBERT C. 


2,054.51 


HAYES, RICHARD E. 


52,900.05 


HENDERSON, KATE E. 


892.00 


KNIGHT, NANCY E. 


23,960.88 


LAMBERT, PATRICIA A. 


26,380.62 


MACDONALD, SARAH J. 


682.63 


O'HARE, MEREDITH D. 


311.13 


PATTISON, ROBERT A. 


10,868.21 


PILCZAK, MATTHEW N. 


1,256.25 


POPE, SUSAN M. 


30,851.12 


REYNOLDS, STEPHEN M. 


2,959.38 


TERRY, SUZANNE S. 


33,171.30 


WATROUS, SUSAN M. 


35,491.20 


LIBRARY ^TOTAL 


221,779.28 


BEAL, MARISAA. 


796.88 


BELSON, MATTHEW 


1,337.38 



CALLAHAN, HEATHER M. 1,290.63 

CARNEY, GRETCHEN R. 1,036.00 

CARROLL JR., JAMES E. 730.00 

DEVENEY, ELIZABETH A. 672.45 

DEVENEY, GRACE M. 2,224.70 

DONOVAN, KATHLEEN E. 796.88 

ENDRIS, CHARLES A. 1 ,704.00 

EQUI, MARTHA A. 1 ,785.00 

EQUI, MEREDITH A. 1,361.75 

KOWAL, SARAH C. 1 ,2 1 5.63 

LEMBO, NICOLE A. 1 ,396.50 

MCCARTHY, MATTHEW 952.00 

MCGRORY, JOHN P. 952.00 

NIESSENK, JESSICA H. 711.00 

NIESSINK, KAREN D. 723.25 

NILOSEK, CHARLES N. 1 ,246.89 

NILOSEK, DENISE E. 1 ,046.88 

ROSANO, LAURA M. 870.76 

TILLEY, CHRISTINE E. 768.76 

WORLEY, JOHN M. 42, 1 86.98 

WRYE, KRISTIN D. 3,960.00 

RECREATION DEPARTMENT 

TOTAL 69,841.32 

BATES, KENNETH H. 406.25 

BROOKS JR., RICHARD R 1 00.00 

BRUNO, ROCCO 1,806.25 

CASAGRANDE, ROBERT C. 78 1 .25 

COGILL, DAVID C. 20,553.00 

CONNOLLY, STEVEN B. 1,278.75 

CONTE, JOHN C. 1 2,840.25 

COSTA, LOUIS C. 200.00 

COYLE, ALFRED W 1 00.00 
CUNNINGHAM, CHRISTOPHER B. 275.00 

DEFILIPPO, JOHN J. 625.00 

DONADIO, RICHARD 100.00 

DURANT, KENNETH B. 218.75 

FEENEY, LAWRENCE 943.75 

FLEMING, JOHN R 556.25 

FOPL\NO, SHIRLEY D. 1 ,087.50 

FRANKLIN, ROGER W. 200.00 

GRASSIE JR., FREDERICK H. 4326.75 

HARLAN D, BRAD P 312.50 

HIGGINS, SUZANNE K. 262.50 

HORKAN, CHRISTOPHER 456.25 

HUNT, GARRET A. 3,250.00 

JACKSON, ROBERT W. 1,041.50 

JOHNSON, RICHARD M. 3,73 1 .25 

JONES, CLIFTON B. 1 6, 1 87.00 

KILRAIN, JOHN C. 375.00 

LEARY, DAVID S. 1,687.50 

LENNON, GREGORY J. 125.00 

LEONARD JR., JOHN C. 418.75 

LINSKEY, STEPHEN T 5 1 2.50 

LOWRANCE, RAWSON 712.50 

MAHONEY, BRIAN R 2,087.50 

MALONEY, DENNIS J. 887.50 

MATOS, LISA M. 843.75 

MC ADAMS, DARREN M. 187.50 



152 



MCKENNA, MATTHEW J. 
MCKENNA, RICHARD J. 
MCLEAN, JAMES R 
NORRIS, JOHN J. 
O'BRIEN, JEFFREY 
O'HARA, MICHAEL J. 
OLIVER, WILLIAM R. 
PETERS, SHELLEE L. 
POMARICO, DAVID J. 
QUIGLEY, WILLIAM R 
RENO, LEONARD J. 
SHANGOLD, STEVEN L. 
SHEA, DALE L. 
SHEA, GREGORY M. 
SMALL, JOHN H. 
SOUTHER, CHARLES E. 
SULLIVAN, JAMES M. 
TARANTINO, CHRISTY J. 
TAYLOR JR., JAMES 
TREANOR, JEFFREY 
TWIGG, THOMAS L. 
WAPLES, MATTHEW J. 
YANNIZZI, FRANCIS R 
YOCUM, RICHARD 

OFF DUTY POLICE DEPT. 
TOTAL 

BILODEAU,PAULT. 
CURLEY, JAMES F. 
FIORI, JAMES E. 
HERMANCE, DAVID 
HERNAN, JOHN M. 
MAHONEY JR., FRANCIS X. 
PRATT, PHILIP A. 
PROTULIS, ROBERT F. 
WENZLOW, ERIC W. 

OFF DUTY FIRE DEPT ^TOTAL 

TOWN — GENERAIGOVT 
GRAND TOTAL 

SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



593.75 

1,48L25 

5,200.00 

1,368.75 

175.00 

5,156.00 

750.00 

4,106.25 

11,997.25 

4,650.00 

868.75 

450.00 

493.75 

412.50 

7,941.50 

100.00 

300.00 

15,575.00 

331.25 

11,315.00 

518.75 

275.00 

200.00 

3,581.25 



157,318.25 

499.02 
320.78 

92.84 
139.26 
593.89 
296.11 
182.73 
173.21 

98.98 

2,396.82 



3,734,387.87 



ADAMS, HAROLD 


840.00 


DANIELSON, JOHN 


29,327.46 


GENTILE, KEVIN D. 


2,877.50 


HOLLAND, THODORE 


27,937.26 


JACOBUCCI, JOHN, J. 


43,072.88 


JONES, THOMAS W. 


33,403.48 


LINCOLN, DAVID 


36,182.07 


LINCOLN, DEREK A. 


4,542.50 


LINCOLN, SAMUEL F. 


9,207.50 


MCARTHUR, WILLIAM H. 


29,377.10 


SARGENT, KENNETH S. 


32,158.22 


SOULE, KEVIN W. 


39,272.20 


THURSTON, RICHARD 


29,012.64 


CUSTODIAN ^OTAL 


317,210.81 



CLAY, VIRGINIA E. 
DOW, DAMA 
FIGUEIREDO, JANET L. 
FIGUEIREDO, THERESE A. 
LENAHAN, PATRICIA 
LITCHFIELD, MARGARET C. 
MORGAN, HUGH J. 
PALM, BONNIE K. 
POWERS, FRANCES 
POWERS, MICHAEL F. 

BUS DRIVER -TOTAL 

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS AND 
CUSTODIANS GRAND TOTAL 

ACHIN, GINA M. 
ALPERT, ELIZABETH L. 
ANDERSON, LINDA J. 
ANTHONY, SUSAN L. 
AYER, ALISON 
BARRETT, BEVERLY S. 
BERENS, CAROL 
BIERWERT, JANICE 
BUCKLEY, LIZANNE M. 
BURGOON, AMANDA N. 
BUTMAN, GEORGDSfE 
BUTMAN, MARYBETH 
CANZATER, BEATRICE 
CARNEY, GRETCHEN R. 
CARNEY, GRETCHEN R. 
CHIN, REBECCA D. 
CICIOTTE, CAROL 
CLARK, KEITH E. 
COBURN, KENDRA D. L. 
COLWILL, ILENE 
DEWALL, JULIA P 
DONOVAN, NANCY E. 
FIGUEIREDO, JUDITH A. 
GAGNON, SCOTT A. 
GENOVESE, LINDA A. 
GREENWOOD, DEBORAH C. 
GUILD, LINDSAY J. 
HANSELL, CHRISTINE M. 
HANSON, JEANNE B. 
HARRIS, JOY 
HENRIKSEN, MARY H. 
HERNAN, MARGARET 
HERNBERG, KATHLEEN 
HICKEY, LAUREL P 
HUGHES, CORINNE S. 
HURLBUT, KIM M. 
KEATING, LAURA R. 
KILPATRICK, SHARON M. 
KNUREK, ROBERT G. 
KOPLAN, PAMELA L. 
LENAHAN, PATRICL\ 
LONGO, ELIZABETH 
LORDAN, CATHY 
LYDON, PATRICIA 



11,202.17 

11,202.17 

17,218.49 

2,165.54 

3,884.09 

617.37 
16,298.60 
13,018.03 
15,799.35 

348.08 

97,085.67 



414,296.48 

9,837.00 
28.407.16 
12,360.00 
3,915.48 
14,696.43 
3,818.56 
28.36 
29,554.91 
7,334.28 
28.36 
5,976.50 
8,210.76 
18,101.40 
18,090.70 
18,090.70 
6,183.38 
23,196.23 
7,318.62 
8,291.40 
28,161.03 
8,289.69 
27,065.40 
8,121.15 
5,025.00 
343.22 
38,966.06 
24.08 
7,638.24 
12,360.00 
9,458.55 
6,405.03 
819.65 
14,696.43 
1,572.50 
20,881.09 
5,900.58 
8,398.53 
27,809.99 
16,213.66 
9,547.74 
3,175.68 
5,233.50 
6,098.05 
4,821.60 



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MACDONALD, CATHERINE 
MACDONALD, ELIZABETH L. 
MACDONALD, JESSICA 
MADGE, TRACI L. 
MARCUS, BARBARA 
MAYNARD, KIMBERLY R. 
MCBRIDE, MARGARET A. 
MCCARTHY, ALICE L. 
MCNAMARA, PAMELA J. 
MEADE, JONI 
MULLIGAN, DEANNA L. 
MURPHY, KAREN 
O'LEARY, ANNE M. 
PEARCE, NANCY H. 
PRATT, KATHLEEN M. 
PYFROM, JOAN 
ROBINSON, ELIZABETH P 
RONANE, MARILYN 
SADLER, SUSAN M. 
SHURTLEFF, SARAH R. 
SMITH, PEARL F. 
SNOW, ERIC D. 
STAUNTON, MARY E. 
SULLIVAN, MAUREEN P 
TURTLE, SUZI Y 
WAGNER, MARILYN B. 
WALKER, MELISSA A. 
WATTS, KARLA 
YEAGER, KATHILYNN 

CLERICAL -TOTAL 

CALABRIA, MARL\ 
D'ELL\, JOANNE 
DONATO, MARIA I. 
GRANDE, LUCIA G. 
JACOBUCCI, EILEEN 
LEAHY, DENISE M. 
MARASCIO, JOSEPHINE 
MARCELLA, GUISEPPINA 
MOBERG, SCOTT M. 
RHODES, KATHLEEN M. 

LUNCHROOM ^TOTAL 

SCHOOL — CLERICAL & 
LUNCHROOM GRAND TOTAL 

ANGELO, JOSEPH W. 
BABIAIN, MARYA. 
BARRY, MELISSA M. 
BEATSON, ELIZABETH M. 
BOUCHARD, JOSEPH K. 
BUCKLEY JR., JOHN C. 
CALLAHAN, PAUL F. 
CANTELMO, MARILEE A. 
CHATTERTON, CLARK 
CISNEROS, KENNETH R. 
COLLINS JR., CURTIS 
CRONIN, FRANCES 
DELEON, MARY P 
DELORENZO, JOHN M. 



7,775.16 


DEVIN, MAURA M. 


44,093.19 


950.00 


DILUCA, CHRISTINA L. 


6,606.78 


4,587.27 


DUFFY, MAUREEN M. 


35,593.00 


2,073.13 


EMMONS, RONALD L. 


55,258.15 


26,042.65 


FEDERICO, JOSEPH F. 


49,473.53 


5,826.06 


FITZGERALD, JARED E. 


56,050.64 


6,735.03 


FORD, PATRICIA A. 


32,940.03 


14,696.43 


FORD, RONALD J. 


41,409.13 


13,504.86 


FORTIN, GEORGE A. 


54,893.15 


24,451.89 


FRANEY, JAMES E. 


54,787.62 


27,032.00 


GILL, MICHAEL PATRICK 


67,820.99 


23,324.16 


HART, STEPHEN 


103,276.32 


6,405.03 


HOGAN, PAUL F. 


52,553.15 


10,731.73 


JONES, DANIEL C. 


33,503.45 


1,447.10 


JONES, YVONNE 


34,916.08 


7,527.97 


KELLY, DONALD J. 


52,553.49 


1,166.00 


KITE, WILLIAM C. 


53,200.45 


248.00 


KNUREK, ROBERT G. 


17,126.75 


14,696.43 


LAFOUNTAIN, ALLEN W. 


11,250.36 


6,873.90 


LAJOIE, MARCL\ J. 


39,103.50 


9,710.97 


LALUMLERE, MAUREEN 


51,553.44 


981.00 


LEARY, EDWARD J. 


61,957.31 


13,960.81 


LEE, MARGARET 


48,473.40 


26,182.40 


MAGNUSSEN, DAVID R. 


56,344.24 


9,547.74 


MARKS, BRYAN E. 


45,214.49 


14,055.23 


MAROIS, JEANNE 


10,817.00 


17,019.00 


MCCARTHY-EGAN, ANN 


10,756.08 


22.20 


MCGRAIL, PATRICIA 


39,007.50 


4,108.65 


NARKIEWICZ, PAUL H. 


62,529.98 




NUENDORF, F. J. 


49,473.53 


784,058.78 


NEWKIRK, SCOTT P 


48,773.40 




ONEIL ni, THOMAS J. 


56,578.15 


6,547.20 


PACKARD, JOHN R. 


54,504.54 


5,801.37 


PORTER, ANN LESLIE 


55,140.41 


11,544.32 


RISI, GUIDO J. 


36,520.00 


12,183.80 


ROHRER, EILEEN 


31,835.45 


5,874.13 


SCHLEIFF, MARIE 


54,860.67 


415.63 


SILVA, LYNN B. 


63,808.68 


6,294.97 


SIPPEL, THOMAS 


22,681.18 


5,729.45 


THOMPSON, RAYMOND C. 


31,476.18 


263.81 


WALSH, DENNIS J. 


60,082.20 


6,410.08 


WATSON, MARILYN 


50,649.65 




WONDOLOWSKI, DOROTHY 


49,342.40 


61,064.76 


WOOD, JO-ELLEN S. 


50,391.43 




PROFESSIONAL -TOTAL 


2,759,844.88 


845,123.54 








BERGQUIST ROBERT M. 


48,796.92 


62,181.47 


BERMAN, ANN 


23,434.05 


58,784.90 


BERRY, MAUREEN M. 


37,466.60 


40,854.02 


BIAGINI, STEVEN 


48,473.40 


54,504.54 


BOURASSA, ROGER W. 


28,204.57 


49,473.53 


CASSIANI, JOAN M. 


45,497.89 


50,978.39 


CISNEROS, ELIZABETH A. 


49,877.93 


61,191.26 


DEAKIN, FRANK A. 


52,553.15 


64,770.03 


DICKINSON, DAYLE 


37,774.73 


62,265.69 


FENNESSEY, RUTH C. 


48,253.72 


51,510.36 


HENRY DEBORAH A. 


35,492.12 


77,490.01 


HORIGAN, SUSAN M. 


38,566.34 


50,613.93 


JORDAN, KATHLEEN A. 


28,022.59 


9,346.07 


LEONARD JR., EDWARD J. 


51,553.44 


66,699.59 


LEVINE, RAYMOND 


52,755.35 



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LriTLETON, DIANA C. 


1,128.04 


MACINNIS, JOHN V. 


45,093.49 


MAGNUSSEN, NANCY 


40,806.23 


MAGOUN, JO ANN 


54,605.65 


MCDONALD, DOROTHY L. 


52,755.35 


MURPHY, MARJORIE 


48,473.40 


SHULTZ, R. LAWRENCE 


56,529.67 


SWEENEY, TORIN 


43,106.66 


WILSON, JUDITH N. 


17,838.80 


DEER HILL SCHOOL -^OTAL 


987,060.09 


ALCOTT, MAUREEN R 


49,473.53 


ATKINSON, MARL\N 


38,285.73 


BARBIERI, DIANE M. 


44,691.38 


BAUSH, SUSAN 


52,553.15 


COBURN, KENDRA D. L. 


9,146.07 


COLLINS, ROSALIE L. 


44,093.19 


COOK, LAUREN M. 


27,862.32 


DANGELO, MARILYN 


52,553.15 


FREE, JEAN 


44,803.29 


GOMEZ, JILL E. 


19,470.36 


HANSELL, CHRISTINE M. 


9,146.07 


HANSON, JEANNE B. 


9,787.50 


HURLEY, JOANNE R. 


20,153.50 


HURLEY, MARY C. 


48,473.40 


HYSLIP, LORIA. 


32,630.39 


LECOUNT JR., ROBERT 


2,681.01 


MACPHEE, KATHLEEN 


29,500.96 


MCMASTER, DEBORAH 


48,877.80 


MOODY, SHARON 


48,042.90 


OGDEN, ELIZABETH A. 


21,457.57 


OWENS, ELIZABETH R. 


37,156.69 


PREVETT, RENEE 


29,500,96 


PRICE, MARIE 


29,386.07 


RAYMOND, MARGARET W 


1,422.73 


WELLS, BARBARA 


44,497.59 


WEYDT, MICHAEL 


43,853.90 


WRYE, KRISTIN D. 


31,676.65 


OSGOOD SCHOOL ^TOTAL 


871,177.86 


BROWN, GENEVIEVE 


54,504.54 


COSTER, KEVEN 


44,061.82 


ELY, FLORENCE 


50,223.54 


LITTLETON, DIANA C. 


9,024.32 


MCCABE, BARBARA 


31,067.09 


MCCARTHY, LAUREN M. 


34,193.00 


RITTS, JUDITH A. 


38,982.50 


ROGG, CHRISllNE F. 


31,676.65 


SCEERY, DR. ROBERT T 


14,676.10 


TAIT, ALAN R. 


9,146.07 


YESS, DENISE 


49,473.53 


SPECIAL NEEDS -TOTAL 


367,029.16 


ADAMS, HAROLD 


265.00 


AMELIA, MARY 


55.00 


ANTHONY, SUSAN L. 


695.00 


BEAL, DEBORAH 


2,873.84 


BERMAN-MYERSON, ROSILAND 


220.00 


BRANDES, CHARLES A. 


495.00 



BUCKLEY, BARBARA 55.00 

BUGLEY, CHERYL 220.00 

CALLAHAN, HEATHER M. 55.00 

CAPUTO, ELLEN P 1,1 60.00 

CARR, SUSAN E. 195.00 

CARROLL, LAURA E. 1 1 0.00 

CHARTLAND, MARY P 1 1 0.00 

CHITTICK, BENJAMIN W. 265.00 

COFFEY, KATHERINE 1 ,5 7 1 . 27 

DAVENPORT, ROBERT M. 730.00 

DAVIS, MARY E. 55.00 

DEVm, KATHLEEN 220.00 

DEWALL, JULIA P 6,42 1.15 

DONZE, MICHELLE A. 628.02 

DUNN, KEARIN A. 275.00 

ELLINGER, PATRICIA 1 65 .00 

FLAHERTY, PAULA H. 1 1 0.00 

FOWLER, JULIE E. 219.00 

GARDINER, DORIS M. 55.00 

GILDEA, MAUREEN 220.00 

GELMARTIN, STEPHEN 55.00 

GRAYKEN, MARY E. 550.00 

INGRAM, SUSAN A. 1 ,233.42 

JORDAN, LETITIA H. 1 1 0.00 

JORDAN, WILLIAM H. 495.00 

KERRIGAN, JOAN 55.00 

KONDRAT, CHRISTOPHER M. 1 1 0.00 

MANGANARO, MICHELLE L. 55.00 

MARTONE, ANDREA M. 32 1 .90 

MCCABE, FRANCIS X. 1 55 .00 

MCDONNELL, HEATHER 55.00 

MOLINEAUX, CHRISTINE M. 1 1 0.00 

MURPHY, HEATHER 55.00 

MURPHY, PATRICIA WHITE 55.00 

NEDROW, RUTH 2,925.00 

OCONNELL, ROSEMARY E. 1 65 .00 

PIMENTEL, LISA J. 55.00 

PRATT, KATHLEEN M. 3,380.00 

RING, JANE 3,445.00 

SANFORD, ELEANOR R. 55.00 

SCHULTZ, REGINA 275.00 

SHERIDAN, MARY ELIZABETH 4,585.00 

SIMEONE, JUNE 2,950.00 

SIMPSON, TIM 110.00 

STANSELL, MOIRA 55.00 

STURDY, CHARLOTTE M. 440.00 

SULLIVAN, KATHLEEN M. 275.00 

SUTHERLAND, ERIN E. 330.00 

TENNARO, MARY L. 440.00 

WATERS, SHIRLEY B. 730.00 

WHORISKEY, CHRISTINE 770.00 

SUBSTITUTES —TOTAL 41,843.60 

ARDIZZONI, RUTHANN 1,127.33 

BOSTWICK, DEBORAH A. 3,381.99 

BROWNING, KYLE A. 1 ,352.66 

BUCKLEY, PETER J. 1 ,502.66 

BUICK, DAVID 1,932.00 

CLARK, MAUREEN O'DAY 3,381 .99 

COOK, DEBORAH S. 1 ,608 .99 

DOCKENDORFF, RICHARD S. 1 ,859.01 



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EKBERG, KEIWHIHC. 


3,22L01 


HALL, LOWELL MARK 


2,535.98 


HARRINGTON, STEVEN N. 


676.33 


HUGHES n, THOMAS L. 


5,544.00 


JORDAN, WILLIAM H. 


1,352.00 


LEVANGIE, JOHN A. 


447.34 


MACKINNON, GARY S. 


676.33 


MARTELL, JEFFREY 


2,817.00 


MEEHAN, SARA G. 


1,932.00 


MERTEL, KATHLEEN B. 


1,410.00 


OLSON, TODD M. 


789.00 


PATTISON, BRL\N J. 


1,480.66 


PROTULIS, KARA M. 


2,566.68 


QUINN, KERRY-ANN 


2,178.99 


RIDGE, KATHLEEN 


2,028.99 


SHAUGHNESSEY, DANIELLE T. 


1,410.00 


SILVL\, ROBERT D. 


3,162.00 


STANSELL JR., ROBERT 


2,028.99 


SUTHERLAND, ERIN E. 


1,968.00 


TEDESCHI, LUKE G. 


1,932.00 


THOMPSON, EILEEN M. 


894.66 


SPORTS OFFICIALS ^OTAL 


57,198.59 


SCHOOL -^TEACHERS 




GRAND TOTAL 


5,084,154.18 


SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 




GRAND TOTAL 


10,077,962.07 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN TREASURER 

July I, 1996 through June 30, 1997 

BALANCE IN TREASURY JULY 1, 1996 5,417,270.45 

Received from Collector of Taxes 14,285,399.56 

Received from Town Collector 249,709. 1 5 

Received from Other Sources 15,373,459.12 



Total Receipts for Fiscal 1 997 29,908,567.83 

Paid Selectmen's Warrants -3 1,744,475.83 



BALANCE IN TREASURY JUNE 30, 1997 3,581,362.45 
DEPOSITORIES 

Name of Bank Balance June 30, 1997 

Bank of Boston 1,608,377.57 

Boston Safe Deposit, M.Mkt 356,41 1.12 

Citizens 429,451.85 

Fleet Bank 237,015.36 

MMDT 363,121.20 

Rockland Trust Company, Treasurer 290,788.00 

Rockland Trust Company, Lunch 55,225.56 

Rockland Trust Company, Parking 9,209.80 

State Street Bank and Trust 27,344.96 

CD's Invested 204,267.03 

Cash in Drawer 150.00 

TOTAL DEPOSITORIES 3,581,362.45 



Respectfully submitted. 



Joseph D. Buckley 
Treasurer-Collector 



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LAND USE CONTROL 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT 

The year 1997 saw a continued high level of new construction and renovations. Per- 
mits were issued for fifteen new homes and there are approved lots for another eighteen 
new homes. 

Shaws, at Gushing Plaza, was completed in August and the new D.P.W. Garage was 
occupied in April. 

The Sunrise Assisted Living Center will open in the spring of this year and the new 
elementary school will be ready for occupancy this fall. 

I would like to thank all of the departments, boards and commissions for their contin- 
ued assistance and cooperation. 



Estimated Cost of Construction for permits 
Building Permit Fees 

Certificate of Inspection 
Zoning By Laws & Zoning Maps 
Copies 

Occupancy Permits 
Topographical Maps 

Plumbing Permits 
Gas Permits 

Plumbing & Gas Inspector paid for inspections 



Issued 


Amount 


340 


$21,829,590. 
95,468. 


16 
20 


810. 
562. 

31. 
500. 

10. 


139 
116 


10,887. 
3,361. 


Plumbing 
Gas 


3,387. 
1,695. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Robert M. Egan 
Building Inspector/Zoning Officer 



CONSERVATION COMMISSION 

The Conservation Commission has had a busy and notable year. The membership of 
the Commission changed in 1997 when Associate Commissioner Michael Dick was ap- 
pointed to fill the vacancy when Commissioner James Dedes resigned. Additionally, we 
welcomed our new secretary, Janet DeOliveria who is doing an excellent job with the many 
tasks necessary to keep our office running in an effective and efficient manner. 

During the past year the Commission has reviewed and acted on numerous projects 
that come within our jurisdiction. Most notable among these have been Sunrise Assisted 



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Living on Route 3A and three new housing developments at Ledgewood Drive, Kendall 
Village at Beechwood Street and Rose Hill off Route 3A. We oversaw the restoration of two 
areas of damaged wetlands near Cohasset Heights Ltd. landfill and the restoration of a 
damaged wetland area near the Cedar Street landfill. The purchase of Turkey Hill was com- 
pleted this year and was formally dedicated. 

The Commission notes with great sadness the untimely death of Jack Hubbard. Jack 
was one of the original members of the Conservation Commission and served as its first 
Chairman. Jack's concern for the environment was demonstrated by his participation in 
many conservation and environmental related organizations including Cohasset's recycling 
committee and the Cohasset Conservation Trust as well as the Conservation Commission. 
We had much to leam from Jack and he will be greatly missed. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Jeffrey C. Waal, Chairman 

Veneta R Roebuck 

Thomas J. Callahan 

John Kent Bryant 

Edward S. Graham, Jr. 

Susan G. Cope 

James G. Dedes (resigned 2/3/97) 

Michael H. Dick 

Linda R. Wakeman (Associate) 

Joseph D. McGlinchey II (Associate) 



DESIGN REVIEW BOARD 

From January to May, at the request of the Board of Selectmen, we attended meetings 
of the School Facilities Committee to assist in the review of the architect's design drawings 
for the proposed Elementary School on Sohier Street, Cohasset. 

In February, at the request of the Planning Board, we reviewed the developer's plans 
for the proposed Rose Hill sub-division on Route 3 A, Cohasset. 

In March, at the request of the Planning Board, we reviewed the architect's design 
drawings for the proposed Sunrise Assisted Living Project on Route 3 A, Cohasset. 

In November, at the request of the Town Manager, we nominated one of our Board 
members, Josiah Stevenson, to serve on the Village Task Force Committee. 

In December, at the request of the Planning Board, we reviewed the architect's pre- 
liminary drawings for the Red Lion Inn Renovation Project on Main Street, Cohasset. 



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In December, at the request of the Building Inspector, we reviewed the proposed sign 
for the D.P.W. Garage building on Cedar Street, Cohasset. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Gordon S. Hislop, Chairman 

Eileen M. Corbett 

Maxwell R. Pounder 

Kathleen R. Fox 

Robert C. Hunter 

Josiah Stevenson 

Robert A. Stansell 

Robert M. Egan, Building Inspector (ex-officio) 



BOARD OF HEALTH 

The membership of the Board remained the same as in 1996. After reorganization, - 
Alix P. White was elected chairwoman, Kevin M. Uhner, Ph.D., remained as Clerk, and I 
Thomas C. Cook, P.E., was the third member. Joseph R. Godzik, V.M.D., remained as the 
Health Agent. JoAnn Hubbell left the position of Administrative Secretary in June and 
Deborah B. Protulis assumed those duties in July. 

Title V, the on-site sewage disposal regulation, continued to take up most of the Board's 
time. The Board's onsite wastewater management plan developed for the Department of 
Environmental Protection's Community Septic Management Loan Program was withdrawn 
ft"om the Town Meeting Warrant because of ftinding questions that arose relative to use of 
public funds on private property. The plan would have managed all septic systems in the 
Town and provided for a grant equivalent to that provided for residents on the municipal 
sewer when repairs for a septic system were required. This resulted in the adoption of a plan 
proposed by the Sewer Commission which would manage two priority districts composed 
of 136 homes in the Lily Pond and Little Harbor areas. The Sewer Commission plan was 
accepted by Town Meeting and the Board started writing implementing regulations with the 
assistance of SEA Consultants. Work toward finalizing the regulations is progressing. Input 
regarding the regulations was requested ft"om residents in the priority districts and a meet- 
ing will be held in January 1998 to discuss the proposed regulations. 

Again, with the assistance of SEA Consultants, the Board has applied for loans from 
the State Revolving Fund to help defray the cost of repairing septic systems in the priority 
areas. 

The Town continues to experience high failure rates for septic systems inspected in 
accordance with Title V at time of property transfer. The Board issued a record high of 
eighty-one disposal system construction permits during the year. Nearly fifty per cent of 
complete septic system upgrades have required the use of innovative/alternative technol- 
ogy which increased the cost of these upgrades, but which produce a higher degree of envi- 
ronmental protection than a conventional septic system. 



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The Board's request to dismiss three of the four counts of the appeal regarding the site 
assignment for an expanded Cohasset Heights Ltd. Landfill (CHL) was upheld by the courts. 
The final count is awaiting a decision. In an issue relating to the ongoing operations of 
CHL, it was learned that filling of refuse had occurred outside the existing assigned Area IV 
A. The landfill operator has proposed removing the illegally dumped refuse into an area 
that has an authorized site assignment. It is estimated by CHL that over 1000 tons of refuse 
has been illegally landfilled. 

The closure of the Cedar Street Landfill was completed and Camp, Dresser and McKee's 
Environmental Monitoring Plan was submitted to the Department of Enviromnental Pro- 
tection. No post closure water monitoring was done this year because of the near drought 
conditions which existed for much of the year after the closure was completed. 

The Board continues to provide communicable disease control, epidemiology, vaccine 
distribution and nursing services through a contract with the Social Service League. 

The Board received the following revenues during 1997: 

Private Landfill Tipping Fees: $ 75,03 1 .84 

Licenses and Permits: $ 15,650.50 

Witnessing Percolation Testing: $ 11,506.00 

Other: $ 7.00 



Respectfully submitted, 

Alix P. White, Chairwoman 

Kevin M. Ulmer, Ph.D., Clerk nomas 

C. Cook, P.E. 



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METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL 

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency 
representing 101 cities and towns in the metropolitan Boston area. Created by an act of the 
Legislature in 1963, it serves as a forum for state and local officials and provides technical 
planning assistance and service delivery to its member communities. MAPC works with 
cities and towns through eight subregional organizations whose members are appointed by 
chief elected officials and planning boards. The Council provides the subregions with fi- 
nancial, planning and administrative support, and offers technical aid on selected special 
projects. MAPC is a designated Economic Development District of the federal Economic 
Development Administration and as one of 14 members of the Metropolitan Planning Orga- 
nization (MPO), has oversight responsibility for the region's federally funded transporta- 
tion program. 

MAPC completed another successful year of working with its communities, state agen- 
cies, various non-profit groups, universities, businesses, special interest coalitions, state 
and federal legislators, and other regional planning agencies. The agency held at least regu- 
larly scheduled meetings each month, eight of which were in the different subregions. These 
meetings plus special workshops, seminars, focus groups, and conferences linked together 
the hundreds of issues and individuals who are part of the Boston area's and the nation's 
planning scene. It was this network that provided the energy, vision and focus for MAPC's 
activities in the region. 

After years of concern about the role of local governments in state transportation plan- 
ning and funding decisions, 1997 saw a landmark achievement in the formation of a new 
Boston area MPO. The reorganization was the outcome of federally supported mediation, 
with MAPC serving as a key negotiator for a stronger state/local partnership. MPO voting 
members now include seven cities and towns, along with seven state and regional agencies, 
including MAPC. The municipal and regional members of the MPO are responsible for 
programming about $40 million per year in local road and bridge projects, about one-third 
of the total funds available for the metropolitan region. MAPC works with communities to 
develop a list of local projects to be programmed for funding. 

In September, the first Transportation Improvement Program was adopted by the new 
MPO. The TIP also included $10 million for "Enhancement projects", and $3 million for 
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) projects. As a regional planning agency 
MAPC's role is in both the Enhancement and TDM programs is to solicit proposals and 
prescreen them for funding eligibility. 

As always, the agency also participated in a variety of transportation related projects. 
One of the major efforts this year involved working on the Transportation Summit meeting 
that was held in Springfield. This effort was organized to support the reauthorization of 
ISTEA and help assure that federal transportation funding for New England is not dimin- 
ished. MAPC completed a three-year Pavement Management system project that involved 
the inspection of all federal-aid eligible roadways throughout the entire MAPC region. A 
report on the over 3,000 miles of road that were inspected was submitted to the Massachu- 
setts Highway Department. 

A new project that was organized last year was the Metropolitan Greenspace Initiative. 
Over 65 environmental and historic preservation organizations have indicated their interest 
in participating in this effort that MAPC is currently staffing. As part of this project the 
agency has produced a map that illustrates the development growth in the greater Boston 
area from 1970 to 1991. The accompanying data documents the results of urban sprawl that 



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has occurred showing a 1 5% growth in land development with only a 5% growth in popu- 
lation. MAPC staff has also been working with graduate students at the Harvard Graduate 
School of Design on a report outlining the potential for open space protection as the region 
continues to grow. During the past year the agency increased its association with the Boston 
Harbor Islands National Recreation Area planning project with the expectation that the 
agency will become one of the groups officially involved in the establishment of this new 
federal/state facility. 

MAPC produced a number of publications during 1997. This past year the agency 
published its first yearly calendar with each month displaying maps containing different 
demographic data of interest to communities in the region and their residents. The Data 
Center also published a report, Top Employers, which listed by community the number of 
employees per establishment in the region. Other recent projects include a Title 5 compli- 
ance computer software application for Ashland and Hopkinton, economic forecasting for 
several agencies, school enrolknent forecasts for several communities, and updates to the 
community profile series. The Data Center, working with Harvard University and the Uni- 
versity of Massachusetts Boston, also completed a collaborative project known as The 
Massachusetts Electronic Atlas. This atlas provides access via the Internet to information 
on the 35 1 cities and towns in the state. All the information can be downloaded. 

The GIS Lab completed numerous projects for both individual communities and for 
the region as a whole. Staff worked with Watertown on developing a tree inventory for the 
community. They also completed a wireless communication siting study for one of the 
subregions, an open space update for another, and a comprehensive regional zoning report 
for yet another. GIS staff conducted a number of workshops on parcel data automation and 
acted as an information resource for municipalities interested in beginning or expanding 
their GIS programs. 

In addition to playing a major role on a number of regional boards and commissions, 
the staff also applied for and received grants to investigate shared services in one of the 
subregions and also to help communities deal with the issue of utility deregulation. MAPC 
continued to participate with the South Weymouth Naval Air Station reuse planning project. 
One MAPC staff member was contracted to work part time for the Town of Rockland on 
planning issues related to the base closure and reuse. 

In 1997, the agency also completed a project that focuses on opportunities for bolster- 
ing the shoreline seafood processing, and distribution industries in the Commonwealth, 
including an analysis of the importance of the industry to affected coastal communities in 
Massachusetts. 

MAPC updated its Overall Economic Development Program for 1 997, analyzing the 
regional economy and economic development needs, and revising the list of projects eli- 
gible for federal funds through the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The 
agency administered a Community Adjustment Planning Grant provided by the U.S. De- 
partment of Housing and Urban Development to examine community responses to defense 
industry downsizing and evaluate defense dependencies of small and mid-sized municipali- 
ties. The project included several focus groups and a regional forum. A final report on 
strategies to adjust and diversify local economies in response to reduced defense spending 
will be completed in early 1998. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Martha K. Giesteby, 
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PLANNING BOARD 

The Cohasset Planning Board, under the authority granted to it by the Massachusetts 
General Laws, Chapter 40A, Chapter 41, and the Cohasset Zoning Bylaws fulfilled the 
following responsibilities in 1997: 

• Held 20 meetings 

• Reviewed for recommendation 29 Zoning Board of Appeals' applications. 

• Reviewed and approved 17 Approval Not Required applications 

• Reviewed and approved 3 site plans. 

• Reviewed and approved 1 subdivision plan. 

The Board continued monitoring approved cluster developments, subdivisions, and 
site plans already under construction. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Alfred S. Moore, Chairman 

William J. Good, Vice Chairman 

Terry J. Atherton, Clerk 

John F. O' Toole 

Robert H. Sturdy 



PLYMOUTH COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL PROJECT 

The Project is a special district created by the State Legislature in 1957, and is now 
composed of 25 Plymouth County towns, the City of Brockton, and the Town of Cohasset 
in Norfolk County. The Project is a regional response to a regional problem and provides a 
way of organizing specialized equipment, specially trained employees, and mosquito con- 
trol professionals into a single agency with a broad geographical area of responsibility. 

The 1 997 season began with an above normal water table which produced large num- 
bers of spring brood mosquitoes throughout the County. Efforts were directed at larval 
mosquitoes starting with the spring brood. Ground larviciding was accomplished using B.t.i., 
an environmentally selective bacterial agent. Upon emergence of the spring brood of adult 
mosquitoes, ultra- low volume adulticiding began. The Project responded to a record num- 
ber of residential complaints during the summer. All sprayers and trucks performed well 
with little time lost to breakdowns. 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus was first isolated from Culiseta melanura, a bird 
biting species, by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from collections in 
Kingston on August 3, 1997. Of the season's total of twenty three EEE isolates, nineteen 
were from Plymouth County as follows: Kingston (8/3 (2), 8/26, 9/1,9/14 and 9/28), Halifax 
(8/10 and 8/24), Carver (8/10, 8/17, 9/1 (3), 9/7 (3) and 9/14) and LakeviUe (9/7 and 9/14). 
Based on guidelines defined by the "Vector Control Plan to prevent EEE" in Massachusetts, 
Southeastern Massachusetts will be at a "moderate level of EEE risk" beginning the 1998 
season. The recurring problem of EEE continues to ensure cooperation between this Project 
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During the summer of 1 997, this Project continued cooperating with the Harvard School 
of Public Health on a Lyme disease surveillance program in Plymouth County Towns. 

The figures specific to the Town of Cohasset are given below. While mosquitoes do 
not respect town lines the information given below does provide a tally of the activities 
which have had the greatest impact on the health and comfort of Cohasset residents. 

Insecticide Application. 1,132 acres were treated using truck mounted sprayers for 
control of adult mosquitoes. More than one application was made to the same site if mos- 
quitoes reinvaded the area. The first treatments were made in May and the last in Septem- 
ber. 

Our greatest effort has been targeted at mosquitoes in the larval stage, which can be 
found in woodland pools, swamps, marshes and other standing water areas. Inspectors con- 
tinually gather data on these sites and treat with highly specific larvicides when immature 
mosquitoes are present. Last year a total of 59 inspections were made to 80 catalogued 
breeding sites. 

Finally, we have been tracking complaint response time, that is the time between no- 
tice of a mosquito problem and response by one of our inspectors. The complaint response 
time in the Town of Cohasset was less than two days with more than 222 complaints an- 
swered. 

Mosquito Survey. A systematic sampling for the mosquitoes in Cohasset indicates that 
Coquillettidia perturbs was the most abundant species. Other important species collected 
included Culexpipiens and Uranotaenia sapphirina. 

We encourage citizens or municipal officials to call our office for information about 
mosquitoes, mosquito-borne diseases, control practices, or any other matters of concern. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Kenneth W. Ludlam, Ph.D. Superintendent 

Commissioners: 

Carolyn Brennan, Chairman 

Robert A. Thomdike, Vice-Chairman 

Leighton F. Peck, Jr, Secretary 

Michael J. Pieroni 



RECYCLING COMMITTEE 

The Recycling Committee has had a busy year with efforts to find markets for our 
recyclables. The fluctuating market for steel, plastic, corrugated and glass has presented 
continuing problems in marketing. 

Our percentage of trash to recycling continues good but we are still below the state 
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New recyclables with the help of our South Shore Coalition have broadened our area 
of recyclables. Flourescent bulbs, still considered hazardous with mercury, is the newest 
effort. Plastic grocery bags are being collected on a trial basis since there presently is no 
market for our anticipated volume. 

The paint recycling program has proven successful with a considerable amount of 
paint recycled back to reuse. The school system has made use of our surplus paint also. 

Hazardous Waste Collection is now operated by the Recycling Committee and a very 
successful day was conducted at the new D.P.W. area. 

Recycling is only as effective as the effort made by residents to separate their recyclables 
from their trash. We thank those who are working in that direction. 

It is with regret that we report the loss of one of our most dedicated recyclers. Jack 
Hubbard. He will be greatly missed. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Arthur L. Lehr, Jr., Chairman 

Merle S. Brown 

David Bigley 

Luther S. Leighton 

Eunice L. Brownell 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 

Mary Earon 

Mix R White 

Glen A. Tracy 

Melvin Waldfogel 

Peter G. Whittemore 

John F. Hubbard (deceased 1997) 



SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL REFUSE DISPOSAL PLANNING COMMITTEE 

The South Shore Regional Refuse Disposal Planning Committee is composed of the 
Regional Refuse Planning Committees, appointed by the Town Moderator, from fourteen 
towns on the South Shore. The current member towns are: Abington, Cohasset, Duxbury, 
Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshficld, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Rockland, 
Scituate, and Weymouth. 

During 1997, I was reappointed by Moderator George Marlette to the Committee and 
was elected as Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. 

The purpose of the Committee is to explore the feasibility and advisability of forming 
a regional solid waste district on the South Shore. To that end, the Committee had a regional 
conference of local officials at the Chart House in Cohasset on March 21, 1997 and has, 
since 1994, developed a number of pilot programs to explore what methods of regional 
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The Committee has been able to be effective on behalf of the fourteen member towns 
in these various pilot programs because of the participation of the representatives from each 
town, but also because of the employment of a flill-time solid waste planner, Carol Swete, 
who was originally hired in 1995 through a grant from the Department of Environmental 
Protection, and whose services we have been able to retain with a contribution of $4,000 
during the fiscal year from each member town. 

The Committee has provided many benefits to Cohasset. A regional contract for provi- 
sion of household hazardous waste collection services was administered this year with con- 
tractor Laidlaw, for all member towns, resulting in cost savings. In 1997 the Town was 
billed only $2,525 for the 100 cars which came to the event for household hazardous waste 
removal, a substantial savings over the budgeted amount of $8,000. This resulted in a sav- 
ings of about $5,500 plus about 80 hours of time the Town did not have to spend to prepare, 
review, and negotiate the contract and to oversee the event. 

The Committee also was instrumental in helping the Town of Cohasset acquire a re- 
gional storage shed for universal wastes, such as fluorescent bulbs and mercury containing 
products, which will allow the Town to remove these items from the waste stream at no 
charge. The Cohasset School Department was able to recycle a large amount of fluorescent 
bulbs at no charge, for a savings to Cohasset of $350. 

Overall, the Committee estimates that the Town of Cohasset saved about $5,980 from 
its services during 1997, including also the cost of $130 absorbed to have an expert review 
the proposed contract for removal of paper from the RTF by North Shore Recycled fibers. 
In addition, the Committee, through its Solid Waste Planner, also gave periodic assistance 
to the Recycling Committee. 

Participation in the Committee's activities has allowed Cohasset to also take advan- 
tage of programs set up on a regional basis that would, not be likely to be available to any 
individual city or town, such as the regional universal waste collection program. Because 
the regional contract for household hazardous waste collection allows for reciprocity, resi- 
dents of any town in the membership may take advantage of the collection event taking 
place in any other member town. 

The Committee is now exploring a number of opportunities for regional contracts 
which will make collection services for certain types of solid wastes and recyclables avail- 
able to the member towns. The Board has had discussions with the Bourne Board of Select- 
men, who would like to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Committee to 
allow member towns to dispose of construction and demolition wastes at the Bourne land- 
fill at a reasonable price. The Board has also been exploring a plan for a company, such a 
Conigliaro Industties, to make regular pickups of many recycleable materials and hard to 
dispose of wastes from member towns. 

The Committee has applied for a state grant to establish permanent regional collection 
centers for household hazardous waste that would be available to supplement the still planned 
annual events. The Committee has also applied for a state grant to provide a more 
cost-effective and consistent method for removal of sewage plant sludge from sewer plants 
in the member Towns. 

As a result of its study of the question of whether to form a solid waste district which 
cuhninated in the March 21 regional conference at the Chart House, the Committee voted 



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unanimously on April 10 not to form a solid waste district but to instead form a regional 
cooperative of towns to provide voluntary solid waste and recycling services to members. 
With this form of governance, the new entity, called the South Shore Recycling Coopera- 
tive, would not have the eminent domain or taxation powers that a district would have, but 
would be able only to provide services on a regional basis in which the member towns agree 
to participate. 

To that end, the Committee is planning to dissolve as of July 1, 1997, and to form the 
new South Shore Recycling Cooperative on that date. To form the Cooperative, the Com- 
mittee is filing special legislation at the State House and is asking all towns that wish 
to participate to vote at their Annual Town Meetings to adopt the provisions of the legisla- 
tion to establish the Cooperative and to authorize the various Boards of Selectmen to 
sign the Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA),which will be the main document used to form 
the Cooperative. 

The Final Report of the Committee will be completed in early 1998 and will be pre- 
sented to each town's Board of Selectmen prior to Annual Town Meetings. Hopefully the 
past performance of the Committee in the pilot programs which have been proved success- 
ful to date, and the cost savings and regional services made possible because of the Board's 
activities, will convince the Town of Cohasset to support the warrant articles which will 
allow the Town of Cohasset to join the new South Shore Recycling Cooperative. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 
Alix R White 



WATER RESOURCES PROTECTION COMMITTEE 

During 1997, the Water Resources Protection Committee continued its efforts, pursu- 
ant to the mandate of Town under Article 46 of the 1994 Annual Town Meeting, to investi- 
gate potential sources of pollution of our sources of public water supply, review the 1986 
Camp Dresser McKee Water Resources Management Plan, study feasible means of regional 
watershed protection, and to present a report to Town Meeting. 

This Committee consists of five citizens appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and 
one ex-officio representative each from the Drainage Advisory Committee, Conservation 
Commission, Board of Health, Planning Board, and Water Commission. 

In 1997, Committee member John McNabb was elected to the Board of Water Com- 
missioners and was reelected as Chairman of the Committee. Mark Bell was elected 
Vice-Chairman. Selectmen Diane Sullivan replaced Selectmen Peter Pratt, who did not run 
for reelection, as Selectmen liaison to the Committee. A new member, Michael Beverly, 
was appointed and later resigned from the Committee. Member John Rafferty moved out of 
town and resigned from the Committee. 

WATER QUALITY TESTING. The first round of water quality samples were taken 



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by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the $10,000 Section 22 Planning Assistance to 
States grant won by the Committee in 1996. Sampling of sediments from two sites in Whitney 
Woods, downstream from Cohasset Heights Ltd. (CHL) landfill, found elevated levels of 
lead and chromium and other heavy metals. Heavy metals were also found in sediment 
samples in Wompatuck State Park, near the former military reservation and the hazardous 
wastes sites in that area. The Army Corps will continue to take water quality samples in the 
watershed in 1998 to complete the study. In addition, the Water Commission has voted to 
take two additional soil samples further downstream from CHL, and is planning to conduct 
a more thorough enviroimiental study of the Lily Pond Watershed during 1998 to follow up 
on these results. 

SOUTH SHORE WATER SUPPLY ADVISORY COMMITTEE Two mem- 
bers of the Committee, John McNabb and John Bryant, were appointed in 1996 by the 
Board of Selectmen to the South Shore Water Supply Advisory Committee. This Commit- 
tee, established by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to help the MAPC develop a 
South Shore Nonpoint Source Management Plan. We were successful in getting the MAPC 
to include the Aaron river Reservoir Watershed as one of three sub-basins in the area for a 
detailed watershed assessment and storm water modeling study, which should help the Town 
of Cohasset evaluate potential sources of contamination in this watershed, most of which is 
in Norwell. This study, when complete, will also include a large scale GIS map of the South 
Shore with data layers for water resources and sources of pollution, and will provide recom- 
mendations for improving our Town Bylaws and regulations which protect water quality. 

GREENBUSH RAIL RESTORATION. Committee Chairman McNabb attended 
meetings of the Greenbush Rail Restoration Mitigation Committee, and, along with the 
Water Commission, recommended that the MBTA be required to replace the Sohier Street 
Wells as part of their mitigation measures. Since the state Department of Environmental 
Protection has informed the Water Conmiissioners that the Sohier Street Wells could not be 
used again as active water supply sources if the railroad line located about 50 feet away 
from the wells is reactivated. The Sohier Street wells can, however, be used as an emer- 
gency source regardless of what the status of the rail line is. DEP informed us that the Ellms 
Meadow Wellfield, which is located more than 200 feet form the rail line, could be restored 
as active wells even if the railroad is reactivated. 

WATER SUPPLY PROTECTION PLAN. The Committee started to develop a 
Cohasset Local Surface Water Supply Protection Plan, to follow up on recommendations of 
the DEP following a workshop attended by Chairman McNabb. The DEP recommended 
that Cohasset update or develop a Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan to include 
responses to accidents which may impact Lily Pond, to review for public access to Lily 
Pond, and to review the GIS map developed by DEP which shows the land uses in the 
watershed. 

HINGHAM ANNEX. The Committee received a briefing on the status of the cleanup 
of the Hingham Annex hazardous waste site, which drains toward Brass Kettle Brook and 
Lily Pond. The committee was informed in July that the cleanup was almost complete and 
that the Army, based on water quality tests, concludes there is little risk to migration of 
contaminants from the site toward Lily Pond. 

COHASSET HEIGHTS LTD. LANDFILL The Committee submitted com 
ments in August on the proposed 16-foot vertical expansion of CHL. In its comment, the 
Committee recommended that CHL be required to complete an Environmental Impact Re- 



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port on the expansion, because of the potential additional adverse effects of the expansion 
on the watershed for Lily Pond, since most of the existing landfill is located in that water- 
shed, 

ZONING MAP. At the 1998 Town Meeting, the Committee will propose a Warrant 
Article to reprint the Town Zoning Map, which has not been reprinted since 1986, to in- 
clude the boundaries of the Water Resource District. 

In 1 998 the Committee plans to follow up on the water quality testing from the Army 
Corps' testing, to work on developing a water supply protection plan, and to continue to 
fiilfill the charge of the Committee as determined by the 1994 Town Meeting. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John K. McNabb, Jr., (Water Commission), ex-officio , CHAIRMAN 

Mark B. Bell, VICE-CHAIRMAN 
Michael D. Beverly, SECRETARY (resigned) 

James C. Kinch 

John Rafferty (resigned 9/12/97) 

John R. Bryant (Conservation Commission) ex-ofificio 

John D. Chapman (Drainage Advisory Committee) ex-officio 

Thomas C. Cook (Board of Health) ex-officio 



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PUBLIC SAFETY 

ANIMAL CONTROL DEPARTMENT 

1997 was an average year for the Animal Control Department. We received the usual 
calls including barking dog complaints, stray dogs and cats, numerous coyote sightings and 
one Vietnamese pheasant sighting resulting in capture. The number of dogs licensed in 
town has increased to approximately 800. Residents are again reminded that Cohasset has a 
leash law and it is being enforced. Violators will be cited. Due to Cohasset's leash law, 39 
dogs were impounded and 26 citations were issued. 

We are still having numerous complaints about coyotes again this year. This is due to 
the destruction of their natural habitat by the increased land development in our town and 
surrounding communities. Remember that the coyotes are here to stay, so keep an eye on 
your outdoor pets and report all sightings. 

All dog and cat owners are reminded that their pets should be vaccinated against ra- 
bies. Dog owners are reminded that dog licenses are issued on a calendar year basis and are 
available at the Town Clerk's office. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Kathleen M. McGuire 
Animal Control Officer 



EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 

1997 was an uneventful year for serious emergencies. Coastal hurricanes failed to 
make New England coastlines to the relief of officials. 

The April first snow storm was upsetting and presented a challenge to our new D.P. W., 
but was. handled in an expected professional manner. 

No emergency shelters were offered or needed, but all facilities and personnel were on 
stand by. 

A new storage locker for emergency management equipment, such as cots, blankets, 
stretchers and pillows was constructed in the basement of the Deer Hill School. This has 
enabled an assembly in one secure place of equipment that may be needed. This was an 
Eagle Scout project and applicant Dan Preston has earned his Eagle Award. 

Thanks to all volunteers and Town employees for their assistance to willingly go on 
stand by on short notice. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Arthur L. Lehr, Jr. 
Emergency Manager 



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FIRE DEPARTMENT 

I hereby submit the Annual Report of the Cohasset Fire Department for the year 
ending December 31,1 997. 

A Statistical Analysis of the Department Responses for the year is as follows: 

Building Structure 25 

Brush/Outdoor Fires 36 

Motor Vehicle Accidents 116 

Motor Vehicle Fires 8 

Medical Emergencies 488 

Assistance 36 

Investigations 395 

Inspections 525 

Miscellaneous 290 

Total 1,919 

Medical Responses: 

Total Incidents 604 

Number of persons transported 350 

Mutual Aid Rendered 101 

Mutual Aid Received 29 

Mutual Aid with other Towns, for Fires: 

Rendered 35 

Received 28 

The Fire Department is currently operating with the following equipment: 

Engine 1 — 1994 Pierce — 1,750 G. PM. Pumping Engine 
Engine 2 — 1 987 Pierce — 1 ,250 G. P M. Pumping Engine 
Engine 3 — 1979 Duplex — 1,250 G. P M. Pumping Engine 
Ladder I — 1978 Seagrave — 10 ft. Aerial Ladder Truck 
Forest 1 — 1982 Ford — 4.wd. — 100 G. P M. pump 
Rescue 3 — 1 993 International Ambulance 
Car 20 — 1 995 Ford — 4. wd. — Chief 's Vehicle 
Rescue Craft — 1993 Avon — 14 ft./trailer 

FIRE PREVENTION 

In October, the Fire Department was awarded a $4,500 Student's Awareness Fire Edu- 
cation (S.A.F.E.) Grant. The purpose of the S.A.F.E. program is to educate students about 
the fire and health hazards of smoking-related materials. The S.A.F.E. Grant application 
was a joint effort between the Fire Department, School Department and Health Agent. 



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PERSONNEL 

On August 18, 1997, Philip A. Pratt and John M. Heman were appointed to the posi- 
tion of Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician with the Cohasset Fire Department. 

REVENUE RECEIVED 

The following revenue was collected by the Fire Department and turned over to the 
Town Treasurer between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 1997: 

AMBULANCE $ 112,865.92 

NON-AMBULANCE $ 5,478.3 1 

TOTAL .^ $ 118,344.23 

In conclusion, I would like to extend to the citizens of Cohasset, the Board of Select- 
men and the heads and members of the Town departments and committees, my sincere 
thanks and appreciation for their assistance. 

To all of the Officers and Firefighters of the Department for their dedication and per- 
formance of duties, my sincere thanks and appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Roger W. Lincoln, Chief 



HARBOR MASTER 

The start of the 1997 boating season was the arrival of a new state funded sewage 
pump out boat. The boat will also serve as a patrol boat during emergencies. It is my feeling 
this boat was underutilized during the 1997 season. I would encourage all boat owners to 
take advantage of this free facility. 

After many years of planning, the dredging project for the entire harbor will take place 
in September of 1998. 1 realize this project will hamper boating activities during September 
and October, but the improvement will certainly be worthwhile. The Town appreciates the 
efforts of Congressman William Delahunt for locating funding for this needed project. 

The summer of 1 997 was one of the best ever, with perfect weather. 

Boats Towed 42 Boats Pumped 18 

Accidents 5 Capsized Boats 12 

Medical Aid 4 Boats Aground 16 

Respectfully Submitted, 

John H. Winters III 
Harbor Master 



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MOSQUITO CONTROL COMMITTEE 

In general, the 1957 mosquito problem in Cohasset can be summarized as "moderate." 
However, on the State level, the final report issued by the Eastern Equine Encephalitis 
Survey of the Massachusetts Department of Health noted that the number of mosquitoes 
detected harboring the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus totaled 23 — well above the me- 
dian over the last 29 years, which has been 10. The report went on to say, "This number of 
EEEV isolates and the fact that a human case of EEE occurred will place Massachusetts at 
a "Moderate Level of EEE Risk' beginning the 1998 season." The human case appeared in 
Plainville, a town in southwestern Norfolk County in the EEE risk area. 

The shortage of members on the Cohasset Mosquito Control Committee caused a de- 
lay in our program to map many areas in Cohasset for potential mosquito breeding. How- 
ever, we did carry forward our educational program by making available at several sites in 
Town (Library, Town Hall, Senior Center, etc.) packets of informational material dealing 
with important aspects of controlling mosquito populations, as well as basic considerations 
to help prevent Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

We have responded to all calls from Cohasset citizens for information, advice, and 
on-site inspections dealing with mosquito problems. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Gainor 

Mix R White 

Donna R French (resigned 1/28/97) 

Edwin H. Tebbetts 

Diane S. Hill 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

UNIFORM CRIME REPORT 1997 STATISTICS 

Offense Reported 

Rape 1 

Robbery 1 

Assaults 17 

Breaking and Entering 19 

B&E or Larceny from M/V 3 

Larceny 87 

Larceny of M/V 6 

Vandalism 100 

Motor Vehicle Accidents Investigated 143 

Motor Vehicle Citations Issued 1648 

Parking Tickets Issued 1281 



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Residential & Business Alarms answered 525 

Stolen MA^'s Recovered 

Official Complaints received 7741 

Department Vehicles-Patrol Mileage 172,589 

Special Details 718 

Bicycle Patrol hours 852 

Bicycles registered 15 

911 Calls Received 1372 

Domestic Violence Cases Investigated 49 

RECORD OF ARRESTS 1997: 

Offense Male Female 



Breaking & Entering 


1 




Assault & Battery 


10 


4 


Assault & Battery of a Police Officer 


1 




Disorderly 


6 




Receiving Stolen Property 


I 




Minor Possessing/Transporting Alcohol 


19 


7 


Motor Vehicle Violations 


19 


3 


Operating Under Influence Alcohol MA^ 


16 


5 


False License 


2 




Public Drinking 


1 




Protective Custody 


33 


5 


Trespassing 


I 




Violation of Drug Laws 


24 


4 


Violation of Domestic Abuse Order 


2 




Warrant Arrests 


29 


11 



TOTAL ARRESTS 204 

FEES RETURNED TO GENERAL FUND 

Court fines & assessments $ 4 1 ,363.00 

Parking Violations 27,673.00 

Paid Detail Surcharge 9,275.00 

License Fees 1,043.00 

Requests for Police Reports 744.00 

False alarms billing 1 ,625.00 



TOTAL $ 81,723.00 

Respectfully submitted, 
Brian W. Noonan, Chief of Police 



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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS 

1997 marked the first full calendar year with the Computer Aided Dispatch system on 
line. This department received, logged, and dispatched 7741 incidents for the Police and 
Fire departments, as well as many times that in routine departmental business calls. 

1,372 E91I calls were received for the Town of Cohasset covering a wide range of 
emergencies from fires and medical emergencies to assaults and other crimes. We are the 
overflow answering point for Scituate and Hull which adds to the total number of E91I 
calls actually received. The annual E91 1 database update saw the addition of the new Gushing 
Plaza, Kendall Village, and Ledgewood Farm. The database is over 99% accurate. 

Training for the Communications Officers included CPR, First Responder, Emergency 
Medical Dispatch, two became Matron qualified, one MCJTC Reserve Intermittent trained, 
and one EMT Certified. 

Respectfully submitted, 

David J. Weeks 
Communications Supervisor 



WIRE DEPARTMENT 

I herewith submit the annual and last report of the Wire Department for the year end- 
ing December 31, 1997. 

Fire Alarm Traffic Signals 

In mid fall of 1997, the department began dismantling the municipal fire alarm system, 
removing all alarm boxes and wire from poles. Traffic lights were kept in good working 
condition . 

All electrical work performed by contractors was inspected by the department and 
permit fees turned over to the Town Treasurer. Once again inspections were on the increase 
due to much new construction and remodeling. 

Electrical Installations and Repairs to Town Building's 

All electrical work and repairs to Town owned buildings were handled by the Wire 
Department. 

As this will be the final report of the Wire Department due to my retirement, 1 would 
like to thank everyone who has worked for the department and with me, and especially to 
the men of the Fire Department who for many years took all department messages and 
electrical permits. To the various members of the Board of Selectmen, my many thanks for 
their continuous support of the Wire Department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Stephen F. Wigmore 
Superintendent of Wires 



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PUBLIC WORKS 



CEMETERY STUDY COMMITTEE 

During the year we reconfigured the layout at the Beechwood Cemetery to provide 
330 new graves, made repairs to the ancient section, and cleared a new area for further 
expansion. We expect to complete the expansion in 1998. 

We began engineering at Woodside Cemetery to determine the usability of additional 
cemetery land, with a potential of 800 graves. We expect to complete the Woodside study in 
1998. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Joseph L. Jerz, Chairman 

James H. Oilman 

Julianna D. Hassan 

Joseph M. Curley 

Glenn A. Pratt 



DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 

On May 27,1997, the Public Works Department moved into its new facility at 91 Ce- 
dar Street. This became the first time ever that all D.P.W. vehicles and equipment have been 
stored indoors and at the same location. Along with normal snow removal effort at the 
year's beginning, D,PW. employees installed the septic and drainage systems for the ga- 
rage, along with much of the inside- finish work. We also prepared the site for the new fuel 
tanks located at the end of the parking area. 

We would at this point like to express our sincere thanks to all committee members. 
Town boards and everyone involved in this project. Anyone who has not viewed the fin- 
ished building is cordially invited to do so. 

While the building took up a lot of work hours, we still managed our annual projects of 
street sweeping, basin cleaning, fence repairs and vehicle and equipment maintenance. A 
new platform was built for the glass crusher at the Recycling Transfer Facility. We exca- 
vated the driveway at Paul Pratt Library and replaced it. We also removed all trees and 
shrubs at the library, as requested by the library director. 

With state funding we oversaw the resurfacing of Border, Margin, Cedar, Stockbridge, 
Beechwood, North Main, South Main and Sohier Streets, Red Gate Lane, Mill Lane, Cedar 
Acres Lane, Lamberts Lane, Ripley Road and Forest Avenue. 

Using our own personnel we built a connecting piece of sidewalk on North Main Street 
and resurfaced sidewalks on Red Gate Lane, Margin and Church Street. 



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With monies from Town Meeting we removed 1 7 dead or decaying trees on Lamberts 
Lane before blasting a section of ledge. This allowed a section of the street to be "straight- 
ened" in an attempt to make it safer for both vehicles and pedestrians. 

We were out plowing and sanding a total of 40 times combatting mostly icy conditions 
until the April 1st blizzard. This storm caused numerous power outages and town wide 
damage to trees and brush. 

Due to a fairly wet spring, mowing began early and continued through early fall. Fields 
were readied for spring sports. The new leaf vacuum was used at many locations. There 
were thirty-seven internments at various cemeteries. Many roadsides were trimmed at dif- 
ferent times during the year. 

My thanks to the D.P.W. crew and the men of other departments for their help. 1 would 
also like to thank the Board of Selectmen and our new Town Manager for their continued 
support. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Harold W. Litchfield 
D.P.W. Superintendent 



GOVERNMENT ISLAND STUDY COMMITTEE 

This is the fifty-first anniversary of the purchase of what we call Government Island. It 
had gone under other names: Gulf Island and Doanes Island up to that point in time. 

Government Island consists of 7.37 acres of marsh, woods, ledge, a small grassy area 
and, of course, the fishermen's dock. These acres contain a lot of history if you want to look, 
smell and absorb it. Minot's Light figures very importantly in the Island's history. 

• The Templates help to tell how the "Light" was put together like a jigsaw puzzle. 

• The Replica, a project of the Cohasset Historical Commission, shows in very exact 
detail, the top 35' of the Light itself It will in time have a part of one of the original 
Fresnel lenses that warned mariners of the Ledge. 

• The Island contains the location of Beacon Rock used to signal the workers out on 
the Ledge. The message sent might have been a storm warning, wind changes, or the 
birth of a baby of one of the workers' wives. The Cohasset Historic Commission, in 
conjunction with the GISC, is in process of reconstructing the simple signalling struc- 
ture and related building. 

All of the above are part of the Island history and there's more. 

During the past year we have gained a new member, Peter G. Whitman, who took over 
the responsibilities of Russell Bonetti who decided to leave the Committee after five years 



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of service. We wish to thank Mr. Bonetti for his term on the Committee. 
During 1997 we held meetings to discuss: 

1. General conditions of the Island. 

2. Proposals relating to the Hagerty Property that abuts the Island. 

3. The Replica project. 

4. Other business. 

The Committee consists of seven members (volunteers) who make recommendations 
to the Board of Selectmen as to actions to be taken, improvements to be made. The Select- 
men take it from there and specify how the job will be done, by whom and when. 

As stated in last year's report, Cohasset has a "diamond in the rough" right here. No 
other Town has anything like Government Island. It is a haven for fishing, boating, sailing 
and enjoying/absorbing. Please take some time to visit the area yourself, with your family 
and with your friends. Enjoy it and absorb the history that is right here. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Milton T. Tewksbury, Chairman 

Constance M. Afshar 

Richard P. Barrow 

Robert M. Davenport 

Noel A. Ripley 

Peter G. Whitman 

John H. Winters III, Harbor Master 

James R. Bonetti 



SEWER COMMISSION 

The year 1997 was an exceptionally active one for the Sewer Commission. The Spe- 
cial Town Meeting on March 29, 1997, voted to approve the Second Amended Final Judg- 
ment between the Town and the Commonwealth. This was entered at Suffolk Superior 
Court on April 17, 1997. The primary purpose of the Second Amended Final Judgment was 
to reschedule performance dates for certain of the requirements under the previous Amended 
Final Judgment. 

The same Special Town Meeting approved the appropriation of $13,600,000 for the 
Central Cohasset expansion project. In a separate warrant article, the Town also approved 
an Intermunicipal Agreement ("IMA") with the Town of Hingham under which Cohasset 
would purchase a 20% interest in the Hingham gravity sewer main on Hull Street and a 55% 
interest in the Hingham pump station at West Comer and in the Hingham force main which 
will run from the pump station to the Hinghan/Hull town Une and thence in Hull down 
Nantasket Avenue to the existing Hull sewer main at the intersection of Nantasket Avenue 
and Atlantic Avenue. 

At the same Special Town Meeting provision was also made for a Proposition 2 1/2 
override vote under which the taxpayers would subsidize 50% of the capital costs for both 
the new North Cohasset System and the expansion of the Central Cohasset Sewer System. 
This was later passed in a close Proposition 2 1/2 vote on May 3, 1997. 

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An important provision of the Second Amended Final Judgment was an immediate 
allowance by the Commonwealth for 15,000 gallons per day of additional flow for the 
Town's wastewater treatment plant. More than half of this flow was allotted to the Deer Hill 
School and the new elementary school. The remaining balance was ftiUy committed as of 

12/31/97. 

At the March 29, 1997, Special Town Meeting funds were also voted for a complete 
revision and updating of the Sewer Commission's Rules and Regulations. These will be 
drafted to conform with the Hull Sewer Use Rules and Regulations and the Hingham Sewer 
Use Rules and Regulations, as stipulated in the respective IMA's with these two neighbor- 
ing towns. 

In September the Commission went out for bids on the North Cohasset system with a 
bid opening on October 16, 1997. All bids were rejected as they came in above budget. New 
bids were opened on December 18, 1997. Although these were lower by approximately 
$1 ,000,000, they were still very substantially in excess of budget. As of year end, the Com- 
missioners had not decided on a course of action on this project. 

The Sewer Commission continues to be well satisfied with its operation and mainte- 
nance contractor. Professional Services Group, Inc. ("PSG"). Operation of the plant was 
excellent throughout the year, and PSG will continue in 1998 the on-going program of 
preventative maintenance at the facility. To date, this has been highly successftil. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Edward M. Guild, Chairman 

Henry A. Rattenbury 

R. Gary Vanderweil 



BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS 

In 1 997, Commissioner Fred Koed declined to run for reelection, and John K. McNabb, 
Jr. was elected to the Commission. Commissioner Robert A. Kasameyer was elected Chair- 
man, and Commissioner Richard Muncey was elected Clerk. 

Cohasset Water Services, a joint venture of Weston & Sampson Services and Pennichuk 
Water Service Co, continued as the contract service operator of the Cohasset Water Depart- 
ment. The distribution system, which services about 90% of the residents of Cohasset, en- 
compasses 36 miles of water mains, 2,100 service connections, and 283 hydrants. 

During calendar year 1997, a total of gallons of water were produced and 

pumped to the distribution system. Because of the vast capacity of the Aaron River Reser- 
voir, and because of the recent improvements to the distribution system, we were able to 
weather the extended drought of this year without having to impose water use restrictions. 
During August, we ran the water plant on a 24-hour basis to ensure that there was always 
sufficient fire reserve available in the Bear Hill standpipe during that period of the drought. 

At the Annual Town Meeting in April, the Town voted to increase water rates to pro- 
vide $2,130,550 in funding for Phase III of the ten-year water system improvement pro- 
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However, it became clear that the Zoning Board of Appeals was not going to grant a vari- 
ance from the height restrictions to allow the tank to go onto Bear Hill. The Water Commis- 
sioners have been exploring other options, including putting the new tank on Scituate Hill. 
The second tank is essential to provide adequate fire reserve in the Town at all times and to 
provide redundancy in the system. With the second tank, we will be able to clean and in- 
spect the existing water tank and then to begin a town wide water flushing program to 
improve water quality. 

Major improvements to the distribution system, as part of our continuing 10-year sys- 
tem rehabilitation plan designed by Tutela Engineering, Inc., were made in 1997. These 
improvements will help increase flow and improve water quality throughout the water dis- 
tribution system. On Pond Street from Route 3A to the High School, we replaced the exist- 
ing 8-inch main with a 12-inch PVC water main. Most of Pleasant Street, from North Main 
Street to the access road for the water tank, was cleaned and lined. Also, the valve at Depot 
Court was replaced, and the historic soil contamination from a former service station was 
removed from that location. 

In addition to these planned improvements, we began the process of installing a water 
main to connect Pleasant Street and Sohier Street, which will provide substantial benefits in 
increased water flow by completing a large loop in the distribution system. We saved money 
on this project by conducting it during the construction of the new elementary school next 
to the Deer Hill School, with the cooperation of the School Department. 

OTHER PROJECTS: The meter installation project was 100% complete in March, 
thus ensuring that all water use is properly metered. We made substantial progress on our 
program, initiated September 1996, of painting and inventorying all fire hydrants, which 
we expect to complete in 1998. A project to inventory and exercise gate valves was initi- 
ated. Plant improvements included the installation of a jockey pump, new lime pumps, and 
new chlorinators. A new altitude valve chamber was installed at the Bear Hill water tank. 

Leaks and breaks in water mains were repaired on Nichols Road, Hammond Ave., 
Stockbridge Street, Highland Court, Elm Street, Blackhorse Lane, Atlantic Ave., Beechwood 
Street, and South Main Street at Cedar Lane. We also repaired a leak in the water main on 
Lothrop Lane, because, although the road is a private way, the water main is owned by the 
Water Department. 

WATERSHED PROTECTION: The Commissioners viewed with concern the results 
of sediment sampling performed for the Town by the Army Corp of Engineers, which showed 
elevated levels of lead and other heavy metals in the Lily Pond Watershed. The 
Commissioner's plan to follow up these results with further environmental studies of the 
watershed to determine if there is any threat to the water supply, to determine a course of 
action. 

The Board of Water Commissioners and Cohasset Water Services would like to thank 
all of the Town officials, boards and committees who have assisted the Water Department 
and the Board throughout the year. We will continue to seek improvements in the water 
system for the benefit of all the ratepayers and taxpayers. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Robert E. Kasameyer, Chairman 

Richard D. Muncey, Clerk 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 



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HUMAN SERVICES 

COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY 

The Cohasset Housing Authority is a public agency with a five member Board of 
Commissioners, four of whom stand for election within the Town and one who is appointed 
by the Governor. Our present Board consists of the following members 

Commissioner Term expires 

John D. Muncey, Chairman 2002 

Ralph Perroncello, Vice Chairman 2003 

Mary E.N. Grassie, Treasurer 1999 

Stephen F. Wigmore 2001 

Richard J. Silvia, Govemors Appointee 1997 

The staff is comprised of three persons: 

Marilyn A. LeBlanc, Administrator 
Jeanne M. Forster, Housing Clerk 
James V. Mascioli, Maintenance 

The Board of Commissioners meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month and the 
Annual Meeting is held in June. 

Presently we administer 64 state units of Chapter 667 Elderly/Disabled housing lo- 
cated at 60 Elm Street, 12 state units of Chapter 689 Special Needs housing located at 72, 
74, & 76 Elm, and 3 1 federal units of Section 8 Rental Assistance. Our state units are 
subsidized by the Department of Housing and Community Development (formerly the 
Executive Office of Communities and Development) and our federal units are subsidized 
by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Our annual subsidies are granted 
upon annual reviews of management and regulatory compliance. 

Eligibility standards for our Elderly/Disabled complex, Harborview, were changed in 
1 996. The maximum allowable income cannot exceed $29, 1 00 annually for one person, the 
asset limit has been eliminated and the age for admission reduced to 60. The eligibility 
standards for the federal housing program remain unchanged as to family composition and 
income. 

State Grants were awarded for insect control, repair of decks and wing walls and to 
reconfigure the walkways to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act. Insect Control and 
repair of the balconies were completed in 1 997 and a designer selected for the reconfiguring 
of the walkways. 

Last year we requested the funding of a part-time administrative assistant and a ten 
hour housing clerk was hired in September. We will attempt in future budgets to expand 
those hours. 

The Board continues to schedule goal setting sessions for 1997 to review and update 
policies and procedures and to continue searching for new and creative ways to continue the 
provision of affordable housing for those of limited resources. 



Respectfully submitted, 

John D. Muncey, Chairman 

Ralph Perroncello, Vice Chairman 

Mary E.N. Grassie, Treasurer 

Stephen F. Wigmore , Assistant Treasurer 

Richard J. Silvia, Assistant Secretary 



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COUNCIL ON ELDER AFFAIRS 

The Cohasset Council on Elder AfiFairs has been in existence as a Town department by 
way of unanimous voice vote since the spring Annual Town Meeting 1968. 

Our mission remains the same today as it did in 1968. That is, to provide assistance in 
maintaining the independence of older individuals in their own homes as long as it is safely 
possible. 

1997 was another busy and productive year for the Council. The primary responsibili- 
ties focus on five pertinent areas: Information and referral, advocacy; outreach, transporta- 
tion, and education. During the past year, the board and staff met these responsibilities by 
the development and implementation of pertinent programs and services both at the Center 
and via the successful cooperation of community agencies and organizations. At the end of 
the 1997 fiscal year, we had provided services to over 689 individuals with over 15,732 
units of services given through the aging network and community based support services. 

The Council continues to provide transportation services to Cohasset elder residents in 
need of transportation to medical, local and Sunday church services. 

Over 100 seniors have taken advantage of the daily shopping, errands, medical and 
special trips offered with the availability of two vans (one two days a week). The shuttle 
runs six days a week. The staff feels the need for more transportation to medical appoint- 
ments, as the calls reflect the increased requests. Cohasset is part of a five town consortium 
that provides medical access to Boston and handicapped accessibility for those with physi- 
cal and mobility impairments. This program is funded by a federal grant from South Shore 
Elder Services which started in October 1 993, and continues to work successfully with the 
five towns as a part of a growing need for a specialized transportation system. 

The Outreach Program continues to be one of our top priority programs. Outreach is 
defined as a support service and aids in providing an avenue for the provision of services for 
spouse, caregiver, child and/or family members. Outreach is one of the most important 
facets of our department. We offer-^"outreach" with every inquiry and concern brought to 
our attention. It is the main objective of any human service agency, which is to provide a 
means to "reach out" and get assistance or support for the individual. 

Whether advocating for someone with respect to health or social service issues, or 
assisting in finding alternative health insurance or living arrangements, the Council is here 
to help. 

Volunteers continue to be a source of pride and valuable help to the daily operation of 
the Center. To date we have had over one hundred fifty volunteers providing us with over 
13,500 hours of volunteer services. Examples of this dedication and commitment range 
from Friday Coffee Cafe to the Tax Assistance Program. Volunteers assist with program 
instruction, assisting in the office, serving meals, special events, driving and/or running 
errands, support for caregivers, Project Share, Food Pantry, and Community Education Pro- 
grams. 

From all sources, a total of $350,000 has been realized in grants, donations and in-kind 
services. This is a direct benefit to the Town of Cohasset! 



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The Council is pleased to welcome our new members to the Board: John Coe, Eugene 
Price, Sister Barbara Reney, Reverend Gary Elitts, and Barbara Anglin. 

We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Board Mem- 
bers, the volunteers, the Town employees and & the South Shore Community Center's staff 
and board for all their support throughout this past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Anna A. Abbruzzese, Chairman 

John W. Coe 

Joseph D. Buckley 

Patricia F. Sargent 

Mary M. Goodwin 

T. Gerard Keating 

Eugene K. Price 

Sister Barbara M. Reney 

Rev. Gary A. Ritts 

Austin F. O 'Toole 

Linda J. McCarthy (resigned 5/1/97) 

Austin L. Aheam, Jr. (resigned 9/2/97) 

John T. Wilson, Jr. (resigned 2/6/97) 

John P. Conroy (resigned 5/1/97) 

Mary H. Aheam (Representative) 

Jane H. Hamilton (Associate) 



fflSTORICAL COMMISSION 

We accomplished a number of our goals that we set forth for 1997. 

Another fifty houses have been added to the Town's survey of older houses. The project 
is nearly completed, mostly by David Wadsworth. We now need to concentrate on placing 
houses on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Gropius House on Atlantic Avenue 
has been accepted and work on the Stoneleigh house and Sears bam are under way. Ellen 
Freda is working hard on this project. A copy of the Cohasset House Survey is now avail- 
able at the Cohasset Public Library. 

Joe Bigelow donated a partially cut Quincy Granite block from the early constmction 
of Minot's Lighthouse to the town. It has been moved to the Replica site by the Highway 
Department. Ham Tewksbury is assembling the Fresnel Lens and determining what parts 
are missing and need to be fabricated. We hope to install it in the near future. 

The Commission assisted the Old Colony Mitigation Committee in determining his- 
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Wig Pierson is chairing the Town history project and has a good committee working 
on the task. It is a long, and involved undertaking, 

We hope to do another school project this year, featuring a tour of Central Cemetery, 
showing the grade school children the graves of some of the Town's founding fathers. Becky 
Bates McArthur will organixe this project. 

We meet the second Monday of the month in the Town Hall at 7:30. We welcome 
visitors and input from concerned citizens, for our purpose is to maintain the integrity and 
flavor of the Town of Cohasset. 

Noel A. Ripley, Chairman 

David H. Wadsworth 

Barbara L. Dillon (resigned 10/22/97) 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury 

Rebecca Bates-McArthur 

Wigmore A. Pierson 

Ellen M. Freda 



PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

1997 was a good year for Cohasset's Paul Pratt Memorial Library thanks to the ener- 
getic cooperation of the staff, the Friends of Cohasset Library, patrons and Trustees. The 
Library's challenges again this year were threefold: traditional library services, timely main- 
tenance and practical long range planning. 

The Library continued its membership in the Old Colony Library Network allowing 
Cohasset residents access to over two million catalogued items. This system is not only 
accessible from library computer terminals but allows at-home review and hold requests at 
www.ochi.org. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Sawchuks' Dreamcom, we added 
full graphic and color access to the Internet. 

Book purchases, circulation, and collection size remain stable and the staff, under the 
able direction of Richard Hayes, Library Director, achieved a high level of support for 
reference and technical needs. In an effort to provide these services to more patrons Town 
Meeting voted for the necessary ftinds to open Thursday evenings. This two hour increase is 
the first since thirteen hours of service were cut in 1982. Providing a third open evening is 
viewed as a positive response to a greater demand for after school, after work hours. 

In our children's area there were many new purchases of books and CD-ROMs and the 
popular story hours and summer reading program were outstanding. Many children were 
awarded a paperback book for achieving their summer reading goals and Marge Murphy's 
puzzle program had another sell-out year. In addition, the pet show on the Common was a 
wonderful success and received great press. 

Keeping the building in good repair is always an objective of the Paul Pratt Memorial 
Library team and this year saw the completion of a painting project, paving the driveway 



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and initiating our long awaited air conditioning. There should be many cooler staff mem- 
bers and patrons next summer at the Library. 

The Endowment Fund took advantage of a strong, if volatile, stock market and the 
generosity of living donors for a healthy increase. The Trustees approved its Investment 
Advisory Committee's recommendation to compute the annual 4% "take-out" rate on the 
average value of 1 2 quarters on the last day of September the year before the first day of the 
following fiscal year and to be invested entirely in the mutual fund, Vanguard STAR. 

Lucille Mcloughlin, again gave a year's pass for Plimouth Plantation and The Gift 
Book displayed in the reading room received many new listings. 

A vital component of the team is the Friends of the Cohasset Library. Under the lead- 
ership of President Betsey Detwiler, the Friends have continued the 29-year history of sup- 
port. The Friends continue to organize art exhibits and art receptions in conjunction with the 
South Shore Art Center. The Friends gave the library more items of technology. They re- 
newed family passes to the Children's Museum, Aquarium, Museum of Science, Museum 
of Fine Arts and to the Computer Museum They added passes to the USS Constitution and 
Kennedy Museum. They sponsored a reception for our special group of volunteers, won- 
derftil people who give a total of over fifty hours of their time each week. Every fall the 
Friends conduct a Town-wide mailing to solicit funds and memberships from every house- 
hold. This successful campaign greatly enhances the quality of the library. This year the 
Friends contributed particularly to the improvement of the Children's Room. A careful search 
produced artist Becky Haletky who painted a beautiful mural of Cohasset scenes in the 
children's reception area. 

On a different note the Library saw two resignations this year. The first was from Anne 
C. Bowdoin, former Friend and Trustee. Her excellent judgment and professional acumen 
will be missed by everyone. The second was from our Library Director, Richard Hayes. 
Dick is retiring from public library service after thirty-four years, twenty-nine of them with 
Cohasset. While Dick has many plans for his new life, patrons, staff and Trustees will miss 
the steady hand that guided the Library through two recessions, a building program, and the 
explosion of automated library services and technology. He will be missed by the Town of 
Cohasset. 

Paul Pratt Memorial Library continues to be a great and positive example of the best of 
the municipal process, drawing from and serving a diverse community. We look forward to 
the future. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Patience G. Towle, Chairperson 
Paul Pratt Memorial Library Trustees 



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RECREATION COMMISSION 

It gives us great pleasure to report to residents the activities of their Recreation Com- 
mission for the year 1997. 

During the year, approximately 5800 individuals of all ages participated in a variety of 
structured programs, activities and events. While budget restrictions persist, continuing lati- 
tude of use of the Revolving Account Fund for 100% Self-Supporting Programs are R.A.F. 
sponsored, causing no impact upon taxpayers. The Recreation Commissioner's adopted an 
Administrative Service Fee charge to all RAF programs during Fiscal Year 1992, and this 
financial system continues to reimburse taxpayers for the costs and time encumbrances of 
RAF Program operations. That is, the ASF revenues are deposited into the General Fund of 
the Town. Collectively, it is the revenue produced via Administrative Service Fees, coupled 
with budget sponsored program fees, service fees and charges, that reimburses taxpayers 
for the budget of their Recreation Commission. Only revenue on deposit in the General 
Fund can be considered recapitalization revenue. 

During Fiscal Year 1997, ending June 30, 1997, the Recreation Commission produced 
for the General Fund $47,006.50. $3,750.00 was produced for use by the Commission via 
grants and matching grant funds. Concurrently, $40,588.30 was transacted via Revolving 
Account Funds for 1 00% Self-Supporting Programs via fees charged participants for a va- 
riety of services. Another $124,000.00 was transacted via other and direct Self Supporting 
Financial systems during F.Y. 1997, manifesting a collective $215,344.80 of recreational 
services to residents. These figures do not include the thousands of man hours that are 
annually donated by hundreds of residents, in support of a variety of program operations. 

Municipal recreation is for the benefit of all residents and we continue to direct our 
efforts towards assurance of equal access and opportunity to the entire community. To this 
end, a specific and calculated portion of revenue was not collected this year from residents 
who were temporarily unable to pay full fee charges for services. In many instances time 
was volunteered in lieu of full fee payments benefiting the department and participants of 
programs. 

Programming represents only some of the responsibilities, duties, and functions as 
prescribed and conferred upon the Recreation Commission by both Massachusetts General 
Laws and By-Laws of the Town. Continuing efforts are focused upon upgrading and reno- 
vating existing outdoor recreational facilities under jurisdiction of the Commission. 

It has been and continues to be, a blending of private and pubhc resources and funding, 
that most facilities have been upgraded and/or renovated. Numerous Town departments and 
officials have continued to support our efforts in this area for which we remain enormously 
grateful. 

The seven member, elected board of the Recreation Commissioners volunteer their 
services to the Town and department, meeting regularly in order to discuss a wide-spectrum 
of topics relative to the leisure needs and pursuits of all residents. Further, the Commission- 
ers establish policy, and provide departmental direction, support and assistance. Each meet- 
ing is publicly posted at least one week prior to date and residents are cordially invited to 
attend and participate in any meeting. Essential to our proper function, and absolutely vital 
towards success, is the ability to remain responsive to the dynamic community needs. We 
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Degree of community interest and support for recreational and leisure time services 
can be directly measured by two essential factors. First and most logically, interest is mea- 
sured by the level of participation by residents in various services. Secondly, and perhaps as 
important, interest and support is readily recognizable by the extraordinary numbers of 
volunteers who donate their time, effort and expertise in conduct with a number of our 
programs, events and activities. 

The Recreation Commission wishes to acknowledge gratitude to the many individuals, civic 
and business organizations, school and sports groups, Town boards, committees and depart- 
ments who have lent their support and assistance in our efforts to best serve the recreational 
and leisure needs of residents of all ages. While too numerous to mention each name, none 
are forgotten and all are sincerely appreciated and thanked. 

Respectfully yours, 

Richard R Barrow, Chairman 

Mary K. Muncey, Vice-Chairman 

Shelanne S. Durkin, Secretary 

Lillian A Curley 

Stephen C. Endris 

David R. Marks 

Thomas W. Wigmore 

John M. Worley, Director 



SOCIAL SERVICE LEAGUE 

The Social Service League, under contract with the Board of Health, offers Public 
Health Nursing services to Town residents, these services include: monthly Keep Well Clinics, 
health promotion and education programs, and investigation or communicable disease re- 
ports. The League office at 1 6 Highland Avenue is open for diabetic and hypertension screen- 
ings, tuberculin testing, and general health consultations. The walk-in office hours are Mon- 
day, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our 
monthly Keep Well Clinics, are held at the Senior Luncheons and Harborview senior citi- 
zens' housing. These clinics are open to all town residents. Our office continues to be re- 
sponsible for the distribution and auditing of all childhood vaccines provided by the Mass. 
Dept. of Public Health to area physicians. 

Other activities this year included our Annual Health Fair in May, five Flu Immuniza- 
tion Clinics, educational programs on Diabetes and Nutrition, and anxiety disorders and 
Mantoux testing clinics at Shaw's, and Stop & Shop Supermarkets. We are active partici- 
pants in the MMPHNA which meets monthly and provides us with updates on public health 
nursing issues. We continue to work with local and town agencies to provide needed ser- 
vices to citizens of all ages and to promote optimum health for all. We thank all volunteers 
who have assisted us in the past year and acknowledge all who have supported us with 
donations in 1 997. 



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Activity Attendance 

Keep Well Climes 239 

Adult Immunizations 900 

Cholestprol Screening 100 

Mobile Mammography Van 17 

Health Fair 100+ 

Lazy Eye Screening on -going 

Lead Screening on -going 

Tuberculin Testing 97 

Hypertension Screening 647 

Communicable Disease follow-up 12 

Home Nursing Visits 236 

Office Nursing Visits 682 

Total Nursing Visits 918 

Respectfully submitted, 

Judith Fitzsimmons R.N., RH.N. 
Board of Health Nurse 



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EDUCATION 

Graduates 
Class of 1997 



Jarrod Vincent Batts 

Rachel Rose Begley 

Matthew Lann Belson 

Sarah Joy Berger 

Elizabeth Muriel Bestick 

Ryan Joseph Bishop 

Rachael Bloom 

Holly Marie Brennock 

Ashley Chapman Brister 

Justin Paten Buckley 

Robert Patrick Buckley 

Douglas Ruedig Cameron 

Aja Denee Campbell 

Catherine Elizabeth Campbell 

Rachael Ann Carlisle 

Lauren Elizabeth Cassino 

Natalie Walker Cheel 

Emily Rose Collins 

Jodi Leigh Colwill 

Loni Tristin Colwill 

Matthew Martin Conley 

Mark Stephen Connolly, Jr. 

Burke Zachary Davis 

Athena Veronica Dedes 

Monique Louise DeVoe 

Kevin Frederick Duffy 

Grant Leo Emde 

Kathleen Mary Fitzsimmons 

Thomas Alexander Forbes 

Andrea Kathleen Freeman 

Courtney Phyllis Goff 

Ka' Lorraine Green 

Andrea Marie Grew 

Emily Elizabeth Blehr Henderson 



Erica Lee Hettstrom 

Jacqueline Christine Hurley 

Josephine Madeline Hurley 

Keith Alden Jackson 

Rebecca Leonora Jenkins 

Ely Jacques Kahn IV 

Michael Joseph Kearney, Jr. 

Brian James Steven Kilroy 

Leah Katherine Kisiel 

Jamie Marie Kurtz 

Jon Paul Lacks 

Christopher Tur Lesniewski-Laas 

Yaqana Imani Madyun 

Joseph Paul Magner 

Elizabeth Anne Mahoney 

Kevin Francis McKenna 

Ryan Stewart Mc Williams 

Karen Deborah Niessink 

David Lawrence Noble 

Matthew Ian O'Connor 

Kelley-Marie O'Donnell 

Megan Anne Pratt 

Leigh Ann Richman 

Nichole Lucia Santoro 

Douglas Edward Sheerin, Jr. 

Eric David Snow 

Robert Vincent Arthur Stansell III 

Chad Wallace Whitman 

Mark Edward Whitman 

Jeremy Robert Williams 

John Lionel Williams III 

Daniel Ronald Withem 

Lloyd Trevillyan Workman 



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Annual Report from the School Committee 

It is with pleasure that we submit the Fiscal Year 1997 Annual Report for the Cohasset 
Public Schools. 

Following approval for the construction of a new elementary school, the first new 
school in Cohasset in more than forty years, the School Facilities/Building Committee ad- 
vertised for competitive bids to construct the new facility. J. T. Callahan & Sons, Inc. of 
Bridgewater, Massachusetts was awarded the contract at a low bid of $8,515,800. A final 
contract was executed on June 3, 1997 and work at the site began shortly thereafter. 

Under the supervision of the Town's Project Representative Simon Tempest work has 
continued smoothly until the end of the year and we expect that, with cooperation fi-om the 
weather, we will continue to be on schedule for the completion of the building in July of 
1998. 

With completion of the facility, much needed additional classroom space will be pro- 
vided as well as a gymnasium, a cafeteria and an assembly and performance area. Play 
areas will be isolated from vehicular traffic and parking areas providing a much safer envi- 
ronment for our elementary children. As a result of the approval of an Article at the Special 
Town Meeting in November of 1997, the building will also be air conditioned, providing 
not only a comfortable instructional climate for our teachers and students but also a build- 
ing which may be used for community activity during the summer months. 

We also thank the community for their support which has resulted in the development 
of a first class track and field facility at the Middle-High School. We are also grateftil for 
the continuing efforts of the Cohasset Education Foundation. This year the Foundation 
raised more than $110,000 to construct a state of the art World Language Laboratory at 
the Middle-High School. In the past their efforts have resulted in a computer lab at the 
Osgood School, professional development activities for our all of our staff and Naturalist 
and Artist in residence programs at the Deer Hill School. The efforts of the Foundation, 
as well as other groups including the Parent School Organization, the Arts Booster, the 
Athletic Boosters and numerous other individuals, contribute to the overall quality of our 
educational program. 

In preparing for the current academic year, the School Committee has adopted the 
following goals: 

Mission 

To encourage and expect maximum achievement through a supportive learn- 
ing community which strives to develop ethical and responsible citizens who 
love to learn. 

/. Strategic Plan 

To implement an annual strategic planning process, which evaluates 
progress on the stated objectives of the current Strategic Plan, modifles 
those objectives where warranted, and includes a long range financial 
planning component. 



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1 . Develop an annual planning calendar, which integrates all school district planning 
activities, including long term planning, individual school improvement planning, 
financial planning and annual budgeting. 

2. Create an expanded planning document which includes financial, operating and 
capital plans. 

3. Use the strategic planning process to solicit community input and to foster commu- 
nity awareness of initiatives and achievements. 

//. School Committee Operations 

1 . Develop an annual School Committee operating calendar, which includes regular 
financial reports by the Superintendent and regular reports from Principals and 
School Councils. 

2. Perform an informal benchmarking study of School Committee operations against 
peer school committees, to evaluate ourselves, get ideas and to establish a dialogue 
with peers. 

3. Expand "committee" assignments to include strategic planning activities. 

///. Curriculum 

To evaluate, develop, and refine curriculum and instructional techniques 
which are consistent with state standards and current research and which 
demand excellence from each individual. 

1. Continue to review and revise existing curricula in English/Language Arts, Math- 
ematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, World Language, the Arts and 
Health to be consistent with Curriculum Frameworks. 

2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the middle school and block scheduling. 

3. Develop pilot program to provide personal progress plans to maximize each student's 
achievement. 

4. Analyze the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Testing Program and re- 
port student achievement. 

IV. Technology 

1 . Finalize five year technology plan and apply for all available state, federal and 
private fiinding. 

2. Prepare a request for the Fall Town Meeting to meet the initial financial require- 
ments to begin to implement the district's five year technology program. 

3. Continue to provide professional development for all staff in the integration of 
technology into the curricula and fund teachers' workshops to develop model 
technology supported curricula units. 



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4. Monitor progress in updating telecommunications equipment to improve 
communications among parents, teachers, administrators and students. 

V. School Facilities 

1 . Oversee the construction of the new elementary school to ensure the project is on 
budget, opens to students in September of 1998 and meets all specifications. Also, 
review a relocation plan to facilitate the move to the new school. 

2. Conduct a comprehensive facilities audit of the Cohasset Public Schools. 

VI. Community Awareness 

1 . To evaluate the effectiveness of the communications plan and make any neces- 
sary modifications. 



SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES ACCEPTING COHASSET 
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS CLASS OF 1997 



Alfred University 
Avemia University 
American University 
Assumption College 
Babson College 
Bates College 
Becker College 
Boston College 
Boston University 
Bowdoin College 
Bridgewater State College 
Bryant College 
Bucknell University 
The Catholic University 
Clemson University 
Coast Guard Academy 
Colgate University 
College of Holy Cross 
College of Wooster 
Cornell University 
Curry College 
Dalhousie University 
Daniel Webster College 
Dean Jr. College 
Dickinson College 
Emerson College 
Endicott College 
Fairfield University 
Florida A&M University 
Framingham University 
Gettysburg College 



Mercyhurst College 

Michigan State University 

M.I.T. 

Newbury College 

Nichols College 

North Carolina State University 

Northeastern University 

Pace University 

Pepperdine University 

Providence College 

Quinnipiac College 

Radford University 

Rennsclaer Poly Tech 

Rhode Island College 

Rivier College 

St. Anselm's College 

St. Michael's College 

Salem State College 

Salve Regina University 

Simmons College 

Springfield College 

Stonehill College 

Suffolk University 

Susquehanna University 

Syracuse University 

Teikyo Post University 

Trinity College 

Tufts University 

Union College 

University of Hartford 

University of Maine at Orono 



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Goucher College 

Hamilton College 

Harvard University 

Hobart & William Smith Colleges 

Indiana University of PA 

lona College 

Ithaca College 

Johnson C. Smith University 

Johnson State College 

Johnson & Wales University 

Keene State College 

Lafayette College 

Lehigh University 

Manhattan College 

Merrimack College 



University of Massachusetts/ Amherst 

University of Massachusetts at Boston 

University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth 

University of Massachusetts/Lowell 

University of Miami 

University of New Hampshire 

University of Pennsylvania 

University of Pittsburg 

University of Rhode Island 

University of Rochester 

University of Vermont 

Villanova University 

Virginia Polytech Institute 

Westfield State College 

Wheaton College 

William Woods University 



SCHOOL PROFILE 

Cohasset is a residential community of about 7800 population situated on the coast 20 
miles south of Boston. Most of the residents are engaged in professional and business occu- 
pations in the city of Boston, The town is one of a high socioeconomic status. 

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT 

Grade 9 — 89; Grade 10 — 64; Grade 1 1— 79; Grade 12 — 60;Total — 292 
GRADE DISTRIBUTION 

Based on final grades as Juniors in full-year major academic courses only. 

1996-1997 A B C D F 

17.4% 47% 26% 7.2% 2.4% 

Average grade index for all students in the Senior Year was 2.63 on a 4 point scale. 
(A = 4;B = 3;C = 2;D=1) 

Students are ranked by the recommendations of the N.A.S.S.P. and A.A.C.R.A.O. 

PLEASE NOTE: Achievement standards and academic expectations are unusually high 
in this very traditional, college preparatory high school. Students re- 
port an average of 2-3 hours of homework daily. In the past 10 years the 
average of all students pursuing advanced education was 91%. 

ACCREDITATION 

New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools latest accreditation - 1992. 



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ADVANCED EDUCATION (Class of 1997) 



4 Yr. Colleges 


2 Yr. Colleges 








^'ublic Private 


Public Private 


Other 


Work 


Service 


26% 60% 


3% 0% 


3% 


3% 


5% 



92%) to further education 

STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 9-1 (Includes All Professional Staff) 

65-70%) of all classes have 20 or fewer students currently enrolled. 

Each subject area is grouped homogeneously independently of other subjects. Each aca- 
demic discipline has honor & grouping. We have been a participant in the Advanced Place- 
ment Program for the past 35 years. This year Advanced Placement courses will be offered 
in art, calculus. English, biology, computer science, U.S. history, French. Spanish, and Latin. 
Language courses employ the use of a language laboratory. 

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION 
(Class of 1997) 

The mean scores below reflect the test performance of Cohasset High School Seniors. 
These scores are taken from the College Board 1997 ATP Summary Report. 

SAT I Mean Scores SAT II Mean Scores (5 or more test takers) 

Verbal = 527 Math = 520 

N.B. The Scholastic Aptitude Test 

was taken by 1 00%) of 

the graduating class. 



ADVANCED PLACEMENT GRADE DISTRIBUTION 
BY EXAM AND MEAN SCORES 

(5 or more test takers) 

Exam 5 4 3 2 1 Mean Score 



Biology 


692 


Writing 


551 


Math Level IC 


518 


Literature 


541 


Spanish L/R 


513 


Math Level DC 


624 



Biology 


3 


2 




7 


2 





3.43 


Calculus AB 










4 


4 


2 


2.20 


English Lit. & Comp. 


2 


8 




3 


3 





3.56 


U.S. History 


2 


5 




6 


1 





3.57 


Spanish Language 





I 




I 


5 


2 


2.10 


Grade 




Number 


I 


Percent of Total 




5 






8 






12% 




4 






16 






24% 




3 






22 






32% 




2 






16 






24% 




1 






6 






8% 





68 100% 

Combined mean score for all A.P. Exams taken by Cohasset 
High School Juniors and Seniors in 1997 — 3.06. 

Sixty-eight percent (68%)) of all exams taken received a score of three or better. 

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GENERAL INFORMATION 

In September 1997 Cohasset High School changed from an 8 period 42 minute sched- 
uUng model to a 5 period 90 minute block format. This plan was instituted to better meet the 
mandates of time and learning under Massachusetts State Educational Reform. As part of 
the restructuring, all study halls have been eliminated. Classes also rotate through the schedule 
and one period is dropped daily. With the block schedule, the length of courses vary from 
one quarter, to one semester, to three quarters. All students are required to take 3 quarters of 
English each year, 3 quarters of social studies in grades 9 and 10, and 3 quarters in Algebra I. 
All Advanced Placement courses are 3 quarters as well. The majority of the remaining 
academic classes are one semester in length. 

COURSE LEGEND 

The abbreviations below frequently appear on the Cohasset High School transcript. For 
those not completely familiar with the specifics of the Cohasset High School curriculum, 
the following brief descriptions are provided. 



ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES 
GRADE 9 

HUM/EN 9 

HUM/SS9 



A team taught Humanities program re- 
quired of all 9th graders with the focus 
on the history and literature of Western 
Civilization. 



ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES 
GRADE 10 

AM ST EN 10 

AMSTSS 10 



A team taught American Studies program 
required of all 1 0th graders with the focus 
on American History and Literature. The 
social studies portion of this program 
meets the American history graduation 
requirement. 



EXPERIMENTAL CENTER FOR 
LEARNING 



Cohasset High School offers an experimen- 
tal program called ExCel. ExCel is an in- 
terdisciplinary science, English, social 
studies and physical education program. 
ExCel math is an individualized algebra 
and/or geometry program. 



CLASS RANK AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE INFORMATION 

Class Rank and Grade Point Average are calculated by computer at the end of every semes- 
ter from Grade 9 through Grade 12. This information is readily available and students are 
advised to check their rank in class periodically in order to improve upon past performance 
and to assess their potential for college admission. 

Class Rank and Grade Point Average are computed according to course and section diffi- 
culty. The four (4) levels of difficulty are: 

A. Advanced Placement courses 

B. Level one representing honors courses 

C. Level two representing a rigorous college preparatory program 

D. Level three representing courses that are college preparatory 

Non-academic electives have no weight and therefore have no bearing on Class Rank or 
Grade Point Average. 



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WEIGHTING SCALE 



Curriculum 


Advanced 








Levels 


Placement 


1 


2 


3 


A 


4.61 


4.33 


4.00 


3.67 


A- 


4.33 


4.00 


3.67 


3.33 


B+ 


4.00 


3.67 


3.33 


3.00 


B 


3.67 


3.33 


3.00 


2.67 


B- 


3.33 


3.00 


2.67 


2.33 


C+ 


3.00 


2.67 


2.33 


2.00 


c 


2.67 


2.33 


2.00 


1.67 


c- 


2.33 


2.00 


1.67 


1,33 


D+ 


2.00 


L67 


1.33 


1. 00 


D 


1.67 


L33 


1.00 


.67 


D- 


1.33 


LOO 


.67 


.33 



Example: A grade of B in an Advanced Placement course would receive a weight of 3.67 
while a grade of B in a Level 3 academic subject would receive a weight of 2.67. 
In other words, there is a difference of a full grade between an Advanced Place- 
ment grade and a grade in the Level 3 Program. 

Please note: As of Sept. 1997, the current weighting scale has been adjusted 
slightly for Advanced Placement curriculum level only. (Ex. A = 5.00 G.P.A.) 
The adjustment for Advanced Placement will be reflected on the 1 998-99 profile. 

GRADING SYSTEM 



A+ 


= 


97-100 


C+ 


77-79 


A 


= 


94-96 


c 


74-76 


A- 


= 


90-93 


c- 


70-73 


B+ 


= 


87-89 


D+ 


67-69 


B 


= 


84-86 


D 


64-66 


B- 


^ 


80-83 


D- 
F 


60-63 
Below 60 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH 
SCHOOL COHASSET REPORT 

Celebration of 35th Anniversary Highlights 
South Shore Vo-Tech Year 

To many veteran school district employees and member community citizens it may 
seem impossible, but this school year (1997-1998) represents the 35th Anniversary of part- 
nership and service on the part of the South Shore Vocational Technical High School and its 
eight member towns. Initially envisioned primarily as a place to learn a trade for those 
young people whose future plans simply did not include college, the South Shore Regional 
School District has become much more. By providing truly "comprehensive" education 
aimed at developing the skills necessary for effective school-to-career transitions, South 
Shore and vocational-technical education have focused on building school and after school 
options, at preparing for the world of work, for continued education, for the military, or for 
whatever career pathway may develop for each young man or woman who attends. In a 
workplace environment and society in which change is the norm, being prepared for the 
changes has become critically important. 

South Shore currently enrolls 550 students in grades nine through twelve (9-12), in- 
cluding ten students from Cohasset as of October 1, 1997. Vo-Tech's relationship with stu- 
dents in the community starts well before they ever see the facility in many instances. Through 
guidance department interactions and visits, an informational contact is maintained. Tours 
are scheduled, presentations delivered, questions asked and answered. The establishment of 
career awareness and future planning is stressed, the younger the age the better. The Annual 
Open House at South Shore is a wonderful opportunity to see and sense the opportunities 
available. An exploratory program in the early months of grade nine gives further opportu- 
nity to try out and discover. Once focused on a "major" area of technical study, the true task 
of learning to integrate academic, technical, social and employability skills takes hold. As 
Vo-Tech strives to meet the interest and needs of our student population, we look to the 
broad based complexity of the whole student. Participation in school activities has never 
been higher, additional sports teams have been initiated, activities such as drama club pro- 
ductions, foreign travel, work site field trips and cultural exploration, as well as many other 
events, both on school grounds and off, have added to the complete education and growth 
of the South Shore students. On the interscholastic athletic front, qualification for the Mas- 
sachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament in Hockey and for the first 
time ever in Girls' Basketball, added excitement and school spirit. 

Parents and area employers have played major roles at Vo-Tech in the past year as 
well. Efforts by parents working within the growing South Shore Vo-Tech Parents Associa- 
tion and on the School Council have added an important dimension and perspective. A goal 
of regular communication by the school to parents at home has begun to take form through 
letters, newsletters and phone contacts. It has been demonstrated that increased participa- 
tion and involvement improves student rates of success. 1997 saw the creation of the first 
ever Parent/Teachers night dedicated solely to a sharing of information about smdent per- 
formance and teacher and school expectations and plans. Fundraising initiatives have pro- 
vided social interactions and contributions to student enrichment activities. As importantly, 
outreach efforts to local businesses and civic groups have resulted in an improved commu- 
nication about South Shore, its mission and the resource that it represents. Numerous em- 
ployers and groups have toured, met with school officials and staff, and become involved as 
providers of cooperative work employment sites or as Advisory Board members. 



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In November, the first widespread Alumni reunion reception was held with over two 
hundred attendees. Graduates from the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's gathered to share stories 
of Vo-Tech, reclaim lost friendships and contacts, and to begin to establish a growing net- 
work and base of support for a school which has helped many to launch and maintain 
successful careers. It is anticipated that more frequent future events will only further en- 
hance the sense of family for all those affiliated with South Shore. That sense of family 
extends to efforts by departments and students to share their skills with those in the commu- 
nity. As an example this year, outreach by the Cosmetology students into nursing homes 
and senior centers illustrated a spirit of community service which has long been a hallmark 
for Vo-Tech. The annual Senior Citizen Holiday dinner once again entertained seniors from 
throughout the district and served as a valuable lesson in giving, caring and sharing for 
students. Clearly, the message of community and service is stressed, as important as em- 
ployability and work skills, academic development and integration with real world applica- 
tions, and competency in a competitive world of work. Last June, graduates entered techni- 
cal fields of employment, entered post-secondary schools, or continued skills acquisition. 

Vo-Tech's staff too has been active and productive. A major initiative this year has 
been the review, revision and realignment of curriculum, both academic and technical, to 
best meet the demands of business and industry and the state mandated Curriculum Frame- 
works. In addition, initiatives have been undertaken to better bridge the transitional instruc- 
tional gaps between member town Middle School/Junior High Schools and the realities of 
the demands of high school and the State Assessment Testing programs. This fall a team of 
South Shore staff presented at a two day Curriculum/integration Conference sponsored by 
The Massachusetts Department of Education. The ideas exchanged, activities described 
and genuine interest displayed were a highlight of the event, with South Shore receiving a 
high degree of recognition. 

The opportunity to share and contribute to the anticipated benefit of students from 
many vocational schools was certainly appreciated by all who attended. 

It was an exciting year in 1997 at South Shore Vo-Tech, with the promise of even 
better things to come. With school, parents, business and industry, students and communi- 
ties all contributing, good things can happen. Community service, building projects, part- 
nerships, curriculum relevance and revision, career preparation and the solid transition from 
School-to-Work are all made more possible through commitment and cooperation. These 
35 years of district and regional partnership have truly sped right past. The Regional School 
Committee, Advisory Board Membership, School Administration, Staff and Students want 
to thank the community of Cohasset and its citizens for their support and encouragement. 
The young people of the area are clearly the beneficiaries of your commitment to excel- 
lence and education, and to the futures for us all. We thank you once again. 

Respectfully submitted. 
South Shore Regional School Committee 

David M. Kneeland 
Cohasset Representative 



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INDEX 



In Memoriam 3 

Elected Officers 4 

Appointed Officers 6 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Archivist 19 

Norfolk County Commissioners 20 

Registrars, Board of 21 

Selectmen, Board of 22 

Town Clerk's Report 23 

Index, Annual Town Meeting/Special Town Meeting, March 29, 1997 24 

Annual Town Meeting/Special Town Meeting, March 29, 1997 26 

Annual Town Election, May 3, 1997 83 

Index, Special Town Meeting, October 27, 1997 88 

Special Town Meeting, October 27, 1997 89 

Election Officers Vital Statistics 99 

Town Counsel 107 

Town Moderator 109 

FINANCIAL REPORTS 

Accountant 110 

Assessors, Board of 147 

Collector 148 

Salaries 150 

Treasurer 157 

LAND USE CONTROL 

Building Department 158 

Conservation Commission 158 

Design 159 

Board of Health 160 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council 162 

Planning Board 164 

Plymouth County Mosquito Control 164 

Recycling Committee 165 

South Shore Regional Refuse Disposal Planning Committee 166 

Water Resources Protection Committee 168 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Animal Control 171 

Emergency Management 171 

Fire Department 172 



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Harbor Master 173 

Mosquito Control 174 

Police Department 174 

Public Safety Communications 176 

Wire Department 176 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Cemetery Study Committee 177 

Department of Public Works 177 

Government Island Study Committee 178 

Sewer Commission 179 

Water Commissioners 180 

HUMAN SERVICES 

Cohasset Housing Authority 182 

Council on Elder Affairs 183 

Historical Commission 184 

Paul Pratt Memorial Library 185 

Recreation Commission 187 

Social Service League 188 

EDUCATION 

Graduates, Class of 1997 190 

School Committee and Superintendent of Schools 191 

South Shore Regional Vo-Tech High School 198 



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North Cohasset Fire Station and Post Office 

(Photo courtesy of Cohasset Historical Society and Historical Commission) 

Converted from a store formerly owned by E. Studley to become a Hose Carriage 
House in 1903-04. 

Hose Carriage House #3 housed the hose carriage named "Matthew Luce" after a 
summer resident who Hved on Jerusalem Road. It was horse drawn. 

In 1904 Selectmen voted to lease the north half of the building to Alfred Beal for use as 
a post office. Use was discontinued in 1981 . 

The building was demolished in 1998.